1950s Sports Movies

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The Harder They Fall(1956)

| 1h 49min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 40 votes)

Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protégé, an unknown Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno. Although Moreno is a hulking giant, his chances for success are hampered by a powder-puff punch and a glass jaw. Exploiting Willis' reputation for integrity and standing in the boxing community, Benko arranges a series of fixed fights that propel the unsophisticated Moreno to #1 contender for the championship. The reigning champ, the sadistic Buddy Brannen, harbors resentment at the publicity Toro has been receiving and vows to viciously punish him in the ring. Eddie must now decide whether or not to tell the naive Toro the truth.

Day of the Fight(1951)

13min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 45 votes)

American short subject documentary film in black-and-white, which is notable as the first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick financed the film himself, and it is based on an earlier photo feature he had done as a photographer for Look magazine in 1949. 'Day of the Fight' shows Irish-American middleweight boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career, on the day of a fight with black middleweight Bobby James, which took place on April 17, 1950.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Walter Cartier, Alexander Singer, Nat Fleischer, Stanley Kubrick, Judy Singer

The Winning Team(1952)

| 1h 38min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

Jim Thorpe – All-American(1951)

1h 47min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

The triumph and tragedy of Native Anerican Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

The Jackie Robinson Story(1950)

1h 16min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Canvas Back Duck(1953)

| 7min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Donald and his nephews are visiting the carnival. After Donald makes a relatively high score on a weight testing machine, he is thought to be a veritable strong man and takes on an offer from a little boy to fight his uncle in a boxing match. Unfortunately for Donald, that "little boy" is actually a con man in cahoots with boxer Peewee Pete who is anything but what his name implies. His nephews notice and try to warn Donald but he finds himself in the ring with Pete anyway.

Directed by Jack Hannah

Monkey on My Back(1957)

1h 34min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The painfully true story of welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross is detailed in Monkey on My Back. Cameron Mitchell stars as Ross, whose meteoric ring career is interrupted when he joins the Marines at the outset of WWII. A highly decorated hero, Ross contracts malaria oversees and is given morphine to assuage the pain. By the time he returns to the states, Ross is a confirmed drug addict. Before he can rise to the top again, he must hit rock bottom and his descent into the hell of narcotics dependency is graphically illustrated (so much so that the film was almost denied a Production Code seal). Though a cured Barney Ross served as technical advisor for Monkey on My Back, he ended up suing the producers for defamation of character -- and lost.

The Pride of St. Louis(1952)

1h 33min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Roar of the Crowd(1953)

| 1h 11min | Action, Drama

Johnny Tracy, son of veteran race driver Pop Tracy, is working his way up on the racing circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker, to give up the track if he wants to marry her. He persuades her to marry him on the promise that he will quit after racing once in the Indianapolis 500, but he is injured in a qualifying race and goes to work as a spark plug salesman for Mackey, an old family friend. He is a failure at selling but Marcy changes her attitude towards his racing, and he qualifies for the 500.

Directed by William Beaudine - With Howard Duff

Gone Batty(1954)

3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Bobo the Elephant is baseball team mascot for the lean and meek Sweetwater Shnooks, all of whom are rendered unconscious by their opponents, the husky and brutal Greenville Goons. The Shnooks' manager, rather than forfeit the game, decides to bring in Bobo to play every position - and he does rather well!

Directed by Robert McKimson

World in My Corner(1956)

1h 22min | Drama
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A scrappy fighter from Jersey City named Tommy Shea -- "born in a dump, educated in an alley" -- catches the eye of wealthy businessman, Robert Mallinson, who allows him to train at his Long Island estate. Shea soon falls for Mallinson's daughter, Dorothy, but fears he doesn't have the money to support her in proper style. To get this money, Shea decides to work with crooked fight-promoter Harry Cram, even though this means dropping his honest manager, Dave Bernstein. As the big fight approaches, however, Shea begins to have second thoughts.

Legs of Gold(1958)

1h 49min | Comedy
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

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Woman Basketball Player No. 5(1957)

1h 24min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Tian Zhenhua arrives in Shanghai to coach a local women's basketball team. Number 5 on the team, Xiaoje, excels at basketball but is unsure of whether to continue playing. As Tian gets to grips with training Xiaoje and the rest of the team, he reflects on his career as a star basketball player before the revolution.

Directed by Xie Jin - With Qin Yi

L'inafferrabile 12(1950)

1h 35min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

White Lightning(1953)

1h 1min | Drama

The Red Devils, a professional ice hockey team, owned by Jack Monohan, is in the midst of a long losing streak, due to bribes being accepted from gamblers by the star player. When the team is joined by cocky Mike Connors, a boyhood friend of Jack's, they begin to regain their former winning ways.

Directed by Edward Bernds - With Lee Van Cleef

The Pace That Thrills(1952)

1h 3min | Action
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Chills and spills in the fast-paced world of motorcycle racing.

Directed by Leon Barsha - With Bill Williams

El hincha(1958)

1h 12min | Comedy

A passionate football player complicates the life of his family driven by his passion. Enthusiastic, fanatic, and passionate, the fervor of football runs through the blood of the main character as if it were a matter of life and death. Raised in an atmosphere of football art supporters, the young man organizes his life around this sport. The comedy is understood as a portrait of the world of football, from the point of view of day to day that passes the protagonist fan.

Roaring City(1951)

| 59min | Crime
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A San Francisco private eye finds himself under suspicion while investigating a prizefighter's murder.

The Tee Bird(1959)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

On the Pebbley Beach Golf Course, Dapper Denver Dooley and Woody Woodpecker are in a championship playoff. The prize: $25,000. After both contenders make holes in one, a psychological battle begins. Woody crunches celery. Dapper drives himself into a sand trap. Woody proves himself too light for quicksand; Dapper sinks. At every turn, Dapper proceeds to lure and trick poor Woody until Woody's game seems lost. All that Dapper needs to win is a short putt into the cup, but he's seized with a magnificent case of hiccups. Woody wins and hiccups dollar bills!

Directed by Paul Smith

Los ases buscan la paz(1954)

1h 23min | Drama

- No description / details available yet. -

Liebe auf Eis(1950)

1h 29min | Romance / Love, Drama

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Kurt Meisel - With Sepp Nigg

Kiddie League(1959)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The final (and championship) baseball game of the Kiddie League pits pitcher Woody Woodpecker and his team (the Woody Woodpeckers) against a zany team, the Bubble Gummers. The game begins with the Bubble Gummers at bat and Woody pitching. A little tyke wearing diapers is first up. Before batting, he gulps down a bottle of milk for strength. The first ball is called a strike....

Directed by Paul J. Smith

Saeta rubia(1956)

1h 30min | Drama
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Some urchins simulate an accident and steal a wallet. To their surprise, it turns out to be that of the famous footballer Alfredo Di Stefano, popularly known as "La Saeta Rubia". Driven by the admiration for their idol, the urchins decide to return it. At this time, Di Stefano and his wife establish a great friendship with the guys and project together the creation of the football team "Saeta".

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