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THE BIG CHANCE is a programmer from Poverty Row's Eagle Productions that starred John Darrow as pugilist 'Knockout' Frankie (Rocky) Morgan. Darrow (real name Harry Simpson) had a relatively brief motion picture career (1924-36). He appeared in mostly forgettable 'B' grade works (like this one), retired and became a talent agent.
Despite its somewhat mediocre and predictable plot, "Big Chance" does have an interesting early-thirties feel and features young up-and-comer Mickey Rooney as brother of the boxer's sweety. But don't expect much from the fight scenes-- they're a blend of unconvincing actors and stock footage.
Transfer quality isn't the best, as source material looks degraded-- probably a 16mm print used for early TV broadcasts.
Boxer Frankie Morgan ignores the advice of trainer Flash McQuaid (Betz) and cuts a deal with a crime boss who arranges for Frankie to win "fixed" fights and become a betting favorite. His scheduled title bout will be a losing effort however. Young Arthur Wilson (Rooney) creates major problems when he overhears Frankie and the mobster arguing about the fix plot.
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(5.3) The Big Chance (1933 - John Darrow/Merna Kennedy/Natalie Moorhead/Mickey Rooney/Matthew Betz/Hank Mann/Virginia True Boardman/Frank LaRue