Monday, March 19, 2018

The Square Ring (1953)

An interesting British film about boxing, set on one night at a boxing card in London, and following five different boxers - who fulfil various British/boxing stereotypes: plucky, washed up, wide eyed naive et cetera.

The film has plenty of star power and is an enjoyable watch (Jack Warner, Joan Collins, Robert Beatty, Sid James and Bill Owen among others) but it is all a bit too cliched and the "boxing is fixed" game is laid on a bit too thick.

The actual boxing scenes, especially the final title fight, are very well done and there is an undeniable sense of drama about the film despite it's shortcomings.