Duke of Chicago

Duke of Chicago is a 1949 61-minute short film released in the United States by Republic Pictures and starring Tom Brown, Audrey Long and DeForest Kelley. Directed by George Blair, the film portrays a retired boxer, Jimmy Brody (Brown), who leaves his boxing career for his fiancée but is lured back into a one-off fight against a current champion due to financial difficulties.[1]

Duke of Chicago
Directed byGeorge Blair
Produced byStephen Auer (associate producer)
Written byAlbert DeMond
Based onnovel The Duke Comes Back by Falkland L. Cary (as Lucian Cary)
StarringTom Brown
Audrey Long
Grant Withers
Music byStanley Wilson
CinematographyJohn MacBurnie
Edited byCliff Bell Sr.
Distributed byRepublic Pictures (U.S.)
Release date
  • March 15, 1949 (1949-03-15) (U.S.)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

Based on the 1933 novel The Duke Comes Back by Lucian Cary,[2] Duke of Chicago was one of several films made on the back of the critical and commercial success of boxing pictures Body and Soul and Champion.[3] However, the film was largely panned by critics, described as "slow-paced and seemingly a lot longer than its fifty-nine minutes."[4]


Chicago former boxing champion Jim Brody is lured from his retirement and loving relationship with fiancée Helene back to the ring to face the current champion, Steve "Killer" Bronski.

Brody's financial difficulties and failing private business have left him desperate for money, with Helene leaving on their planned cruise around the world without him in anger at his attempts to cancel it. He accepts the fight with the financial assistance of gangster Tony Russo. Helene, learning this, ends her relationship with Brody via letter, but it is intercepted by an associate of Brody before it reaches him.[2]

Russo pressures Brody to throw the fight for financial gain through the bookies. Brody achieves eventual victory, though being badly beaten during the fight. He is later assaulted and nearly murdered by Russo's men while recuperating in hospital. Russo and his gang are arrested. Brody, now without Helene, falls for and becomes engaged to her sister, Jane.[2]



  1. "Duke of Chicago (1949)". IMDB. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Vol. 1. Pt. 1. p. 662-663.
  3. Stanfield, p. 80.
  4. Rioux, p. 87.


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