Harlem (film)

  (Redirected from Knock Out (1943 film))

Harlem is a 1943 Italian sports crime film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Massimo Girotti, Amedeo Nazzari and Vivi Gioi.[1] It was shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art director Guido Fiorini. The former world heavyweight champion Primo Carnera appears in a small role. It is also known by the alternative title of Knock Out.

Directed byCarmine Gallone
Written byGiuseppe Achille (novel)
Sergio Amidei
Emilio Cecchi
Giacomo De Benedetti
Angelo Guidi
Pietro Petroselli
StarringMassimo Girotti
Amedeo Nazzari
Vivi Gioi
Music byWilly Ferrero
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byRenzo Lucidi
Maria Rosada
Distributed byENIC
Release date
21 April 1943
Running time
81 minutes

It is noted for its anti-Americanism at a time when the two countries were at war. In postwar re-releases, Amedeo's final line was redubbed with a more positive view on life in the United States.[2]


Tommaso Rossi, a young Italian goes to America to visit his elder brother Amedeo who has a business in the construction industry. He is discovered as a talented boxer after getting into a fight with a champion in a restaurant and flooring him. However his elder brother's business is wrecked and he is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Forced to fight in order to raise enough money to bail his brother, Tommaso is then told by a dying Amedeo to return to Italy as the American dream holds nothing for Italian American immigrants.



  1. ^ Bondanella & Pacchioni p.52
  2. ^ Bondanella & Pacchioni p.52


  • Peter Bondanella & Federico Pacchioni. A History of Italian Cinema. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.

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