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Director  Basil Dearden
Production  Ealing Studios
Duration  
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Cinematography  Otto Heller
Country  United Kingdom
The Square Ring movie poster

Release date  13 July 1953 (1953-07-13) (UK)
Based on  The Square Ring (play)  by Ralph Peterson
Writer  Ralph W. Peterson (play), Robert Westerby (screenplay), Peter Myers (additional dialogue), Alec Grahame (additional dialogue)
Directors  Basil Dearden, Michael Relph
Cast  Jack Warner (Danny Felton), Robert Beatty (Jim 'Kid' Curtis), Bill Owen (Happy Burns), Sid James (Adams), Joan Collins (Frankie)
Similar movies  Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky V, Southpaw, The Transporter Refueled

The Square Ring is a 1953 British film produced by Michael Relph, directed by Basil Dearden and made at Ealing Studios. It stars Jack Warner, Robert Beatty and Bill Owen. The film, based on a stage play by Ralph Peterson, centres on one night at a fairly seedy boxing venue and tells the different stories of the various fighters and spectators.

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The Square Ring movie scenes

Kings of the square ring 1976 dutch vhs trailer


Plot

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Five stories that take place mainly in the locker room prior to and after various bouts during a single evening at a cheap boxing stadium. These include a novice cheated of victory, a boxer who refuses to "throw" a fight, and a veteran trying to make a come-back who pays with his life.

Cast

  • Jack Warner as Danny Felton
  • Robert Beatty as Jim 'Kid' Curtis
  • Bill Owen as Happy Burns
  • Maxwell Reed as Rick Martell
  • George Rose as Whitey Johnson
  • Bill Travers as Rowdie Rawlings
  • Alfie Bass as Frank Forbes
  • Ronald Lewis as Eddie Lloyd
  • Sid James as Adams
  • Joan Collins as Frankie
  • Kay Kendall as Eve Lewis
  • Bernadette O'Farrell as Peg Curtis
  • Eddie Byrne as Lou Lewis
  • Michael Golden as Warren
  • Joan Sims as Bunty
  • Sydney Tafler as 1st Wiseacre
  • Alexander Gauge as 2nd Wiseacre
  • Original Play

    The film was based on a 1952 play with the same name by Sydney-born radio writer Ralph Peterson who arrived in London only the year before. He wrote it over a three-month period. Peterson was inspired by material he had learned from writing the radio play Come Out Fighting, set in the world of boxing. He sent the play to Anthony Quayle, who he had met in Sydney, who agreed to put it on.

    Production

    Film rights were bought by Michael Balcon at Ealing and John Mills was announced as star, with Basil Dearden to direct and Michael Relph to produce. Eventually Mills dropped out and was replaced by Canadian actor Robert Beatty. He had no boxing experience so he trained for two weeks in preparation for the role.

    Reception

    Critical reception was mixed. One review called the film "uneven", accusing it of "veering between comedy and tragedy".

    1960 TV Adaptation

    The play was also adapted for Australian TV in 1960.

    Cast

  • Don Barkham
  • Guy Doleman
  • Jack Fegan
  • Ken Goodlet
  • Edward Hayes
  • Owen Weingott
  • References

    The Square Ring Wikipedia
    The Square Ring IMDb The Square Ring themoviedb.org