- Based upon a narrative poem published in 1928 by William Moncure March, who gave up his job as the first managing editor of The New Yorker to devote himself to writing. On the strength of it, he went to Hollywood as a screenwriter, remaining there for a dozen years. In 1948, he volunteered to work on Wise's film, but was turned down. March was incensed that his black boxer Pansy Jones was changed into the white Stoker Thompson.
- 'Ryan, Robert' was a boxing champion while a student at Dartmouth college.
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