Facts and Figures
Run time: 73 mins
In Theaters: Saturday 2nd April 1949
Production compaines: RKO Radio Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 1
IMDB: 7.8 / 10
The Set-Up Review
Based on a poem, this spare film is consumed almost completely by a boxing match, filmed in real time. Between rounds, the scheming occurs -- our hero's manager wants him to take a dive, while the boxer's wife stands by her man. Whoops, the manager thinks his fighter's going to lose, so he doesn't bother to tell him that he's taken a payoff.
Where will this end up? You needn't wait long to find out. Ultimately this movie is so minimalist that it floats away from you altogether. It's got classic noir elements and a very apt cast, but the gossamer story just doesn't stand up to its contemporaries.