Passed | | Drama, Music, Sport
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
At the beginning of the film, street signs show the intersection of Forsyth and Delancey Streets. This would place the scene in Manhattan's Lower East Side, roughly between the Two Bridges neighborhood to the south and the East Village to the north.
Ah gee, never figured on that at all.
Obvious matte paintings of motionless spectators are used to simulate the back rows and upper tier of the boxing arena.
In a part similar to his Stage Manager in "Our Town", Frank Craven appears as "Old Timer", the "host" of "City for Conquest" in a sort of Greek chorus style. As the producers of the film were of the opinion that the character's narration was unnecessary, and slowed the movie down, Craven's scenes were cut prior to the film's original release in 1940. Totaling five or so minutes of screen time, this cut material was not seen until it was restored in a 2006 DVD release. Older prints not containing this material run approximately 98 minutes; the restored print runs 104 minutes.