The Fireball

The Fireball

Mickey Rooney
Director: Tay Garnett Cast: Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
, Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
, Beverly Tyler
Beverly Tyler
Tay Garnett

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Mickey Rooney is The Fireball in this independently produced sports film. The sport in this case is roller-skating, which was enjoying a resurgence of popularity in 1950 thanks to the various "Roller Derby" telecasts. Rooney plays Johnny Cesar, an orphan kid who rises to fame and fortune on the basis of his skill on skates. As his popularity grows, so does Johnny's arrogance. It takes a bout with polio to bring Johnny back down to earth. Pat O'Brien is cast as the priest who encourages Johnny to hone his skating skills, then gives the boy moral support when he's stricken down by illness. Marilyn Monroe has a showy supporting role as one of Johnny's casual dates. Best bit: the lanky solo skater who does his thing while Pat O'Brien looks on in mute amazement.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
UPC: 0883316280898
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 30,335

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rooney Johnny Casar
Pat O'Brien Father O'Hara
Beverly Tyler Mary Reeves
James Brown Allen
Marilyn Monroe Poly
Ralph Dumke Bruno Crystal
Bert Begley Shilling
Milburn Stone Jeff Davis
Sam Flint Dr. Barton
John Hedloe Ullman
Glenn Corbett Mack Miller

Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director,Screenwriter
Bert E. Friedlob Producer
Horace McCoy Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Frank Sullivan Editor
Lester White Cinematographer
Victor Young Score Composer

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