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directed by Lewis Seiler
USA 1948


Michael Gordon never intended to be a boxer. But after he decks a burly brawler at a nightclub, a ring promoter encourages him to give the fight game a shot. Gordon, whose career as an artist is going nowhere, agrees. Besides, it will bring him closer to the woman who has KO’d his heart – the promoter’s wife. The corrupt world of boxing was a staple of postwar Hollywood in well-known works like Body and Soul, The Set-Up and Champion and in lesser yet admirable works like Whiplash. Romantic melodrama and noirish atmospherics combine in this tale starring Dane Clark, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden and other reliables. Future The Mickey Mouse Club host Jimmie Dodd has an uncredited role as a piano man.


Theatrical Release: 24 December 1948 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:42

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:23)

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2011
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Whiplash is a crime drama starring mismatched lovers Dane Clark and Alexis Smith with a great support from always excellent Zachary Scott and Eve Arden. The boxing takes a back seat to the romance and this is not a boxing noir classic, like Body and Soul or The Set-Up, but it still has a great noir atmosphere, commended by an excellent cinematography by Peverell Marley.

The MOD disc from Warner Archive doesn't come as 'remastered'. The progressive transfer has many speckles and marks, including cue blips, but overall contrast is very good. The mono audio is clear with no distortion and the disc includes a theatrical trailer as an extra. This s a good quality release, but the film itself could have been better.

  - Gregory Meshman


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