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The Fireball

Released Oct 7, 1950 1h 24m Drama List
Reviews 17% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Johnny Casar (Mickey Rooney), a moody and angry young man, lives at a Catholic orphanage run by a kindly priest (Pat O'Brien). After running away one night, Johnny lands a job as a dishwasher. One afternoon he attends a roller derby match and catches the eye of skater Mary Reeves (Beverly Tyler). Under her training, Johnny becomes a world-class skater whose talent is rivaled only by his arrogance. As he womanizes and bullies his way to the top, Johnny's health takes a turn for the worse. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Sports movie in which Mickey Rooney plays a roughneck urchin who becomes a roller derby star. With Pat O'Brien in one of his priest roles, and watch out for a young Marilyn Monroe. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Johnny Casar (Mickey Rooney), a moody and angry young man, lives at a Catholic orphanage run by a kindly priest (Pat O'Brien). After running away one night, Johnny lands a job as a dishwasher. One afternoon he attends a roller derby match and catches the eye of skater Mary Reeves (Beverly Tyler). Under her training, Johnny becomes a world-class skater whose talent is rivaled only by his arrogance. As he womanizes and bullies his way to the top, Johnny's health takes a turn for the worse.
Director
Tay Garnett
Producer
Bert E. Friedlob
Screenwriter
Horace McCoy
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 7, 1950, Original
Runtime
1h 24m