The Set-Up (1949)
Director: Robert Wise
Screenplay: Art Cohn based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Stars: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter and George Tobias
The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a boxing movie!”
Tagline: The Sensational Picture You’ve Been Hearing and Reading About!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Bill “Stoker” Thompson (Ryan) is an over-the-hill fighter on the club circuit. Although he still packs a punch, his best days are gone. Stoker’s manager sets up a fixed fight with an up-and-coming prospect backed by the mob. His manager is so sure that Stoker is going to lose, he doesn’t tell Stoker about the set-up.