The Boxing Filmography: American Features, 1920-2001

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

a gem...meticulously researched and well-written guide...painstakingly researched...wonderful depth...a fabulous guide...any fan of boxing movies would do well to have this book on his shelf
Boxing Monthly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786417933
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Boxing historian Frederick V. Romano lives in Eastchester, New York.

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Table of Contents

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
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