1950s Sports Movies

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The Harder They Fall(1956)

1h 49min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 27 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.

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.

Day of the Fight(1951)

13min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 31 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

Damn Yankees!(1958)

1h 51min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Film adaptation of the George Abbott Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant.

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.

Canvas Back Duck(1953)

| 7min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 5 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

The Pride of St. Louis(1952)

1h 33min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 2 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.

The Jackie Robinson Story(1950)

1h 16min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 4 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.

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.

Johnny Dark(1954)

1h 25min
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A young auto racer competes in a Canada-to-Mexico race in a car he designed himself. Director George Sherman's 1954 film stars Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don Taylor, Sidney Blackmer, Paul Kelly, Ilka Chase and Joseph Sawyer.

Kid Monk Baroni(1952)

1h 19min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Leonard Nimoy is "Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang who becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in "Little Italy" New York.

Directed by Harold D. Schuster

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.

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Roaring City(1951)

| 59min | Crime
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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

Gone Batty(1954)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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

The Final Test(1953)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Legendary England cricketer Sam Palmer (Jack Warner) is due to bat in his final test match against Australia. He is desperate for his son Reggie (Ray Jackson) to see his final innings. But Reggie prefers poetry to cricket and when he is offered the opportunity to read his poetry to England's greatest playwright Alexander Whitehead (Robert Morley) on the last day of the test, the relationship between father and son is tested to the limit. As Sam prepares for his final knock, the conflict with his son weighs heavily on his mind, but he is also upset over England's young batsman and ladies-man, Syd Thompson (George Relph), dating the woman whom he hopes to marry.

The Harlem Globetrotters(1951)

1h 18min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

All-American basketball player, Billy signs up with the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional team. Billy struggles with important life decisions and their consequences.

The Square Jungle(1955)

1h 26min | Drama

Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing.

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.

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.

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

Los ases buscan la paz(1954)

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Directed by Arturo Ruiz Castillo - With László Kubala, Irán Eory, Antonio Ozores Puchol, Eugenio Testa, Gerard Tichy

Liebe auf Eis(1950)

1h 29min | Romance / Love, Drama

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Directed by Kurt Meisel - With Sepp Nigg

Once pares de botas(1954)

1h 46min

Ignacio, a professional footballer, has sentimental and labor problems. His girlfriend is about to abandon him because of the constant displays of affection that the player receives from an attractive admirer. At the same time, Ignacio discovers that two of his teammates have been bribed by another team.

The Boys from Leningrad(1954)

1h 23min | Comedy
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Comedy about brothers Vesnushkin, Sasha and Vasya, who are playing for one team in a National Soccer Competition. However, Sasha falls in love with a beautiful girl and loses his confidence just before the final game, so his brother has to take the lead on the field in order to save the game.

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

Gambe d'oro(1958)

1h 39min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

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Saeta rubia(1956)

1h 30min | Drama

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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