Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a "dive" from tough gambler Little Boy...without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to "take" Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
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I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag!
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Yeah, top spot. And I'm just one punch away.
I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then. Don't you see, Bill, you'll always be just one punch away.
Referenced in The Mad Masters
"The Nearness of You' (1938) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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