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The Harder They Fall (1956) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Mark Robson and produced by Philip Yordan.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

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Best CinematographyBurnett GuffeyNominated
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The Harder They Fall – 1956

By Bogart Fan on Jun 1, 2014 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Review —A Wonderful Clash of Acting Styles— Your Bogie Film Fix: Director: Mark Robson The Lowdown An out of work sportswriter (Bogart) grows desperate enough for a paycheck that he takes a job from an underhanded boxing promoter (Rod Steiger) at the expense of his own integr... Read full article


Humphrey Bogart, Primo Carnera, and The Harder They Fall

By shadowsandsatin on Feb 4, 2014 From Shadows and Satin

Bogart with co-stars Jan Sterling and Mike Lane The final film of Humphrey Bogart?s career was The Harder They Fall (1956). In this saga of the seedy side of the boxing world, Bogart is Eddie Willis, an unemployed sportswriter who is hired as a press agent by an unscrupulous promoter, Nick Benko (th... Read full article


Review: The Harder They Fall (1956)

By Brandy Dean on Feb 26, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

The Harder They Fall?(1956) was directed by?Mark Robson, featuring?Humphrey Bogart?in his last film before his death in 1957. The film was?based on the?1947?novel by?Budd Schulberg and remains a stinging indictment of pre-commissioned boxing in the United States. What do you think of The Harder They... Read full article


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Nick Benko: Don't fight it, Eddie! What are you trying to do, hold onto your self-respect? Did your self-respect help you hold your job? Did your self-respect give you a new column?


[Willis tells Toro to throw his fight with Buddy Brannen to avoid getting hurt]
Toro Moreno: I don't know, I don't know. What would people think of me?
Eddie Willis: What do you care what a bunch of bloodthirsty, screaming people think of you? Did you ever get a look at their faces? They pay a few lousy bucks hoping to see a man get killed. To hell with them! Think of yourself. Get your money and get out of this rotten business.


Nick Benko: The fight game today is like show business. There's no real fighters anymore, they're all actors. The best showman becomes the champ!


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Facts about

Toro Moreno's manager, Luis Agrandi, is said to be from Argentina, but his accent in speaking Spanish to his fighter is obviously Mexican, not Argentine.
Loosely based on the career of fighter Primo Carnera.
Primo Carnera unsuccessfully sued the film's makers, claiming it damaged his reputation for implying that he was involved in fixed fights. Carnera's career is one of the biggest mysteries in boxing, as many of the sport's historians believe that, without Carnera's knowledge, his managers paid most of his opponents to throw their fights.
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