James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney meet in a boxing exhibition, with special conditions that will allow the Thomas Edison Company to film the match and show it on their Kinetograph. The match consists of six one-minute rounds. The popular James J. Corbett had earlier defeated the great John L. Sullivan and must be considered a heavy favourite. But, at least for a while, Peter Courtney seems to be holding his own. Written by
From Edison films catalog "This is not a fac-simile or a fake of any description, but an actual contest between James J. Corbett, former champion of the world, and Peter Courteney. The fight consists six rounds, each round contains 150 feet. Price, each round, 22.50." See more »
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)
I'm not sure if James Corbett's name is well known today but he is considered the father of modern boxing and some might remember him as the character Errol Flynn played in Gentleman Jim in 1942. Apparently this was an actual fight with certain conditions set early on so that Edison could film it. From what I've read there were six, one-minute rounds but only the footage here seems to remain. This short runs twice as long as the rest of Edison's work from this period but that's still not long enough to fully enjoy seeing Corbett but it's still great to see what we have. Apparently this was a tremendous hit and countless other boxing films followed.
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