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Hull Daily Mail (22/Jan/1929) - The Ring



The Ring

Quite one of the best boxing-films yet, "The Ring" has a diversity of interests and a standard of technique quite outstanding in British filmcraft. The cleverness of the film is phrased even in its title, which relates both to matrimony and to pugilism. Both themes, skilfully combined and made to depend one on the other, contain a much greater measure of appeal than has been derivable from any film with a boxing hero that I can remember, with the exception perhaps, of "The Patent Loather Kid." "The Ring" is adapted from an original story by Alfred Hitchcock, and tells of a booth-ring boxer's struggle to ascend the ladder of pugilistic fame, and his concurrent fight to retain the affection of his wife in her infatuation for a champion of the "gentle" art This is convincingly presented. There is emotionalism, humour and excitement in the development, and though the climaxical feature scene of the film is a full-scale championship bout at the Royal Albert Hall (with Eugene Corri as referee and all other real-life et cetera included), the film is presented so that it should appeal to every section of the public. Carl Brisson makes his screen debut in this film, and if he follows up "The Ring" with other similarly acceptable films the success of his screen career seems assured. Lilian Hall-Davis is a convincing heroine, while Ian Hunter supports capably in the part of the champion.