Synopsis by Mark Deming
Director William Wyler made the move up to talking pictures with this blend of action and comedy. Dave Roberts (James Murray is a professional boxer who is better at losing conveniently than in knocking out is opponents. Dave's less-than-happy life on the margins begins to change when he meets and takes in an orphan, and as he learns to care for his new pal, he decides to turn the tables on the low-lifes who have been taking advantage of him. Once believed lost, The Shakedown was discovered and restored by the staff of the George Eastman House in 1998.
fixed [corruption], sports, bad-guy-turns-good, boxing, con/scam, love, orphan, rival, romance, waiter