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The Boxing Filmography: American Features, 1920-2001
     

The Boxing Filmography: American Features, 1920-2001

by Frederick V. Romano
 

ISBN-10: 0786417935

ISBN-13: 9780786417933

Pub. Date: 08/27/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The love affair between boxing and Hollywood began with the dawn of film. As early as the days of Chaplin, the “boxing film” had assumed its place as a subgenre, and over the decades it has taken the forms of biographies, dramas, romances, comedies, and even musicals and westerns. Such well known pictures as The Champ, Body and Soul, Don King:

Overview

The love affair between boxing and Hollywood began with the dawn of film. As early as the days of Chaplin, the “boxing film” had assumed its place as a subgenre, and over the decades it has taken the forms of biographies, dramas, romances, comedies, and even musicals and westerns. Such well known pictures as The Champ, Body and Soul, Don King: Only in America, Girl Fight, The Irish in Us, The Kid from Brooklyn, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Raging Bull, each of the Rocky movies and When We Were Kings are just a few examples of the feature films included in this filmography.
Thoroughly researched, this work examines 98 boxing films from the 1920s through 2003. Each entry provides basic filmographic data (the film’s studio, its genre, its length, cast and credits); a detailed synopsis of the film; illuminating commentary on the boxing sequences; and excerpts from contemporary reviews. Most entries also summarize the making of the film, with particular attention to the training of the actors for the boxing scenes. The filmography also includes information on studio publicity releases and advertisements, press books and exhibitor campaign materials for each film.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786417933
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man 5

Against the Ropes 6

Ali 8

Battling Butler 10

Body and Soul (1947) 12

Body and Soul (1981) 15

Body and Soul (1998) 17

Born to Fight 18

Bowery Blitzkrieg 19

Cain and Mabel 22

The Champ (1931) 24

The Champ (1979) 26

Champion 28

City for Conquest 32

City Lights 34

City of Bad Men 36

Conflict 38

The Contender 41

The Crowd Roars 43

Dempsey 46

Diggstown 48

Don King: Only in America 50

Eastside Westside 53

Ex-Champ 54

Fat City 56

The Fighter 58

Flesh and Blood 60

Gentleman Jim 62

Girlfight 65

Golden Boy 67

The Golden Gloves Story 69

The Great John L. 71

The Great White Hope 73

The Great White Hype 75

The Greatest 78

Hard Times 80

The Harder They Fall 82

Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story 85

Heart Punch 87

Here Comes Mr. Jordan 88

Honey Boy 89

The Hurricane 91

The Irish in Us 95

The Iron Man (1931) 97

Joe and Max 99

The Joe Louis Story 101

Joe Palooka, Champ 102

Keep Punching 105

The Kid from Brooklyn 107

The Kid from Kokomo 108

Kid Galahad (1937) 110

Kid Nightingale 113

The Killers 115

Killer's Kiss 117

King for a Night 119

The Leather Pushers 120

The Life of Jimmy Dolan 122

Madison Square Garden 124

The Main Event 125

The Man from Down Under 128

Marciano 130

Matilda 131

The Milky Way 133

The Miracle Kid 135

Monkey on My Back 137

Muhammad Ali: King of the World 138

Night and the City 139

Off Limits 141

Palooka 143

The Patent Leather Kid 145

Play It to the Bone 147

The Power of One 148

The Prize Fighter 150

The Prizefighter and the Lady 152

Raging Bull 155

Requiem for a Heavyweight 158

Ring of Passion 161

Ringside Maisie 163

Rocky 165

Rocky II 168

Rocky III 170

Rocky IV 172

Rocky V 174

Rocky Marciano 177

The Set-Up 179

Snake Eyes 182

Somebody Up There Likes Me 184

Spirit of Youth 187

The Square Jungle 189

The Sting II 192

Streets of Gold 193

The Superfight 195

They Made Me a Criminal 198

Triumph of the Spirit 200

Undisputed 202

When’s Your Birthday 203

When We Were Kings 205

Winner Take All 207

Woman-Wise 209

Wonderman 211

Selected Bibliography 213

Index 219

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