The Set Up

  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Producers: Richard Goldstone
  • Writers: Poem, Joseph Moncure March, Screenplay, Art Cohn
  • Genres: Film-Noir, Sport
  • Actors: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias

Stoker Thompson (Ryan) is a 35-year-old has-been boxer. His once-promising fighting career has come crashing to the end. Tiny (George Tobias), Stoker’s manager, is sure he will continue to lose fights, so he takes money for a “dive” from a mobster, but is so sure that Thompson will lose that he doesn’t tell the boxer about the set-up.

At the beginning of the fourth and last round of the vicious boxing match with the much younger and heavily-favored Tiger Nelson (Hal Baylor), Stoker learns about the fix. Even though he learns that Little Boy (Alan Baxter), a feared gangster, is behind the set-up, Thompson refuses to give up the fight and mushes on.

In the end, he defeats Nelson, but Little Boy has Stoker’s right hand broken as punishment.

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