Still a relevant message today, as calls for a national boxing commission continue to be made every few years after the latest fiasco in the fight game. Robson does his usual solid work throughout, but really it's Bogart giving a great performance in his final film and Rod Steiger shining as the manipulative gangster. Bogart and Steiger are both in top form. Highly recommended.
I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. The Harder They Fall started off interesting enough, aping On the Waterfront with its urgent score and gorgeous black & white shots of NYC and I was roped in. I was less captivated as the movie went on, but wasn't entirely dissatisfied with where it ended. I'm kind of sad this was Bogart's final film but then again the 50s weren't his best decade.