|Humphrey Bogart||Eddie Willis|
|Rod Steiger||Nick Benko|
|Jan Sterling||Beth Willis|
|Mike Lane||Toro Moreno|
|Max Baer||Buddy Brannen|
|Edward Andrews||Jim Weyerhause|
Broke and without work, newspaper reporter Eddie Willis agrees to work for the corrupt boxing promoter Nick Benko to help hype his new boxer, Toro Moreno . While Toro is beastly in appearance, he has no actual boxing talent, and all his fights are fixed. When Toro gets a shot at the title against the brutal Buddy Brannen, Willis is faced with the tough decision of whether or not to tell Toro that his entire career is a sham.