The Boxing Filmography

American Features, 1920–2003

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Boxing historian Frederick V. Romano lives in White Plains, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Frederick V. Romano
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1793-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1058-0
Imprint: McFarland

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

Book Reviews & Awards

“useful”—ARBA; “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”—RingSideReport; “recommended”—Boxing Monthly; “excellent…impressive research…highly recommended”—Doghouseboxing.com; “valuable…well written…well researched”—Film & History; “absorbing…fascinating…thoroughly researched…expert analysis”—Patrick Myler, Evening Herald, Dublin, Ireland.