Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 23, 1956

Somebody Up There Likes Me (MGM) is the sort of Lower Depths that Maxim Gorky might have written had he been born a 20th century American and learned philosophy from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Based on the "autobiography" of ex-Middleweight Champion Rocky Graziano (as ghosted by Sportswriter Rowland Barber), the film begins and ends with a treacly title song ("Yes! Somebody up there likes me; Whatever betide me. he'll comfort and guide me, And stand beside me right or wrong . . .") throbbingly delivered by Singer Perry Como.

But when the film gets...

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