Champ for a Day. 1953. USA. Directed by William A. Seiter. Screenplay by Irving Shulman. With Alex Nicol, Audrey Totter. DCP. 90 min.
A novice prizefighter (Alex Nicol) arrives in a Midwestern city for his first professional bout, only to find that the promoter has disappeared with the advance money. Encouraged by a pair of local hoodlums (Joseph Wiseman and Barry Kelley), he decides to go through with the fight—and, in the process, find the missing man and perhaps attract the attention of the haughty Miss Gormley (Audrey Totter), a fellow resident in his hotel. This late film by the veteran director William A. Seiter elegantly interweaves an effective underworld thriller with good-natured character comedy (with costars Charles Winninger, Hope Emerson, Harry Morgan, and Jesse White).