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Director  Lewis Seiler
Cinematography  Peverell Marley
Country  United States
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Language  English
Whiplash (1948 film) movie poster
Release date  December 24, 1948 (1948-12-24) (United States)
Writer  Maurice Geraghty (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay), Gordon Kahn (adaptation), Kenneth Earl (story)
Music director  Franz Waxman, William Lava
Cast  Dane Clark (Michael Gordon, aka Mike Angelo), Alexis Smith (Laurie Durant), Zachary Scott (Rex Durant), Eve Arden (Chris Sherwood), Jeffrey Lynn (Dr. Arnold Vincent), S.Z. Sakall (Sam)
Similar movies  Rocky, Southpaw, The Transporter Refueled, Rocky II, Pulp Fiction, Rocky IV
Tagline  Sure I know you're a two timer!

Whiplash original theatrical trailer

Whiplash is a 1948 American film noir directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Kenneth Earl, Harriet Frank, Jr., Maurice Geraghty and Gordon Kahn. The film features Dane Clark, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott and Eve Arden.


Whiplash (1948 film) movie scenes

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A struggling painter, Mike Gordon, is unhappy that cafe owner Sam has let a customer, Laurie Durant, purchase one of his works. Mike considers his art worthless and goes to Laurie offering to buy it back. She insists on keeping it, so Mike invites her to dinner instead.

Whiplash 1948 Lewis Seiler Twenty Four Frames

Mike falls for Laurie after a romantic night, then is caught off guard when she leaves town without a word. He learns that the painting was mailed to a Dr. Arnold Vincent, but can't get the doctor to explain why.

Lauras Miscellaneous Musings Tonights Movie Whiplash 1948 at

A woman he knows, Chris Sherwood, insists on Mike accompanying her to a nightclub. There, to his astonishment, Laurie is the featured singer. The club is owned by Rex Durant, a crippled ex-boxer, and Laurie is his wife.

Lauras Miscellaneous Musings Tonights Movie Whiplash 1948 at

Durant's looking for a new fighter to train. He likes the way Mike handles himself when a scuffle occurs. At the gym, it turns out Dr. Vincent works for Durant and is Laurie's brother as well. Durant has a hold on Vincent, blaming him for a botched operation that left him in a wheelchair for life. Laurie only stays with Durant so he won't sue her brother for malpractice.

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Adopting the name "Mike Angelo" as a nod to his interest in art, Mike becomes a prizefighter. But he suffers a concussion in a personal disagreement with Costello, one of Durant's tough goons. Durant forces him to proceed with a scheduled bout, having discovered the painting and learning Laurie is in love with Mike.

Lauras Miscellaneous Musings Tonights Movie Whiplash 1948 at

Mike is beaten badly in the ring. He manages to rally and win, but collapses and requires brain surgery. Vincent is murdered by Costello, but when Durant's wheelchair rolls away into oncoming traffic, he is struck by a car and killed. Mike recovers and leaves boxing forever, Laurie by his side.


Lewis Seiler Whiplash 1948 Cinema of the World
  • Dane Clark as Michael Gordon
  • Alexis Smith as Laurie Durant
  • Zachary Scott as Rex Durant
  • Eve Arden as Chris Sherwood
  • Jeffrey Lynn as Dr. Arnold Vincent
  • S. Z. Sakall as Sam
  • Alan Hale as Terrance O'Leary
  • Douglas Kennedy as Costello
  • Ransom M. Sherman as Tex Sanders
  • Freddie Steele as Duke Carney
  • Robert Lowell as Trask
  • Don McGuire as Markus
  • Critical response

    The New York Times film critic, Thomas M. Pryor, panned the film. He wrote, "Good sense and dramatic construction went by the wayside in the filming of Whiplash and what is left on the screen is a pointless exposition of brutality, nicely demonstrated, however, by Mr. Clark and Zachary Scott, with Miss Smith providing suitable decoration. If it's plain, old fashioned mayhem that you desire, Whiplash most likely will be to your liking. Otherwise proceed with caution."


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