Film: 6773

Sport | 1940 | Sound | B/W


Man (boxing promoter?), smokes large cigar and talks to camera and introduces boxing matches from the past:
1907 Gunner Moir v Tommy Burns;
1910 Jim Driscoll v Seaman Hayes;
1910 Freddy Welsh v Jack Daniels;
1910 Digger Stanley v Joe Bowker.

Film starts with producer's logo, then title over drawing of the ropes of a boxing ring. 'Owing to the age and condition of some of the famous fight films of the past, it has not been possible to include all your favourite boxers, but we have included in this film the highlights of some of the most famous fights over the last fifty years.'

Film starts with camera showing door of an office. Etched into the glass is 'Jack Cappell - Private'. Inside the office is Cappell, the stereotypical balding, Jewish, fight promoter, with the obligatory fat cigar in hand. Amusingly he is reading from cue cards as his eyes switch in turn to the camera. A closer shot shows him looking clearly at the cue cards and fleetingly at the camera.

'1907 Gunner Moir versus Tommy Burns World Heavyweight Title. N.S.C.' 'Film of British heavyweight boxer, Gunner Moir, attempting to wrest the heavyweight title from the holder, Canadian Tommy Burns, at the National Sporting Club in London. The 26 year old French Canadian, born Noah Brusso, defends his title against English champion, Gunner James Moir. The dinner-suited seated spectators, including many Lords, can clearly be seen, as can the respective boxers'corner men. The referee wears a suit. The taller Moir uses his upright stance against the crouching style of his broader opponent. By now the referee, Eugene Colly, has removed his jacket. No women were allowed into this favourite Covent Garden establishment. Signs displaying 'press' can clearly be seen. The camera cuts from round to round, until in the tenth Burns floors Moir with a right cross. Despite climbing to his feet, Moir continues to take punishment and is floored by Burns once again. Once more Moir drags himself to his feet, whereupon Burns unleashes a barrage of punches to finally floor him for good. The bloody faced Moir is helped to his feet by his cornermen as he recovers.

'1910 Jim Driscoll versus Seaman Hayes British Featherweight Title N.S.C.' From the same venue, the Cardiff-born Driscoll displays the consummate art of orthodox boxing against the smaller Hayes. Action continues as the two boxers exchange punches and clinch. At the end of the round the boxers return to their respective corners, where their assistants immediately get to work. This is the last round and Driscoll gets the verdict to become British champion at nine stone, a title he held from 1910 until his retirement in 1913, following his twenty- round draw with Owen Malan. By now the ring is crowded with people.

'1910 Freddy Welsh versus Jack Daniels lightweight, King's Hall'. The Pontypridd-born Welsh is shown exchanging punches with Daniels before a dinnersuited crowd. The contest was for 100 pounds a side + the purse. Action from the two crouching boxers shows Daniels coming off second best against existing champion, Welsh. After 2 mins 15 secondes of the seventh round, Welsh lands a right to the jaw of Daniels, which knocks him out. The prostrate Daniels is counted out. Welch was to later win the lihghtweight championship of the world. Welsh rushes over to Daniels at the end of the count in an attempt to revive him. Daniels' cornermen pick him up and return him to his corner.

1910 Digger Stanley versus Joe Bowker Flyweight, N.S.C. This was the first flyweight championship bout at the standardised weight of 8 stone 6 pounds. The officials can be seen seated behind tables looking over the ring. Present at the fight is the Earl of Lonsdale, who was to present one of his famous belts to the winner of the contest. The diminuitive Bowker, from Deptford, was considered past his best. Stanley uses the long reach of his left arm to frustrate Bowker. At one stage the two boxers clinch and tumble to the floor. Although not clearly shown, Bowker loses following a kidney punch in the eight round. After being counted out, Bowker protested after recovering that he had been hit below the belt. The referee, the well known J.H. Douglas, later drowned in a shipping accident, reserved his judgement until after a doctor examined Bowker. Following the report, Stanley remained the victor, but the kidney punch was outlawed from then on.

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