Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.



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The Girl (as Lilian Hall Davis)
Harry Terry ...
The Showman


Jack Saunders and Bob Corby are two boxers in love with Nellie. Jack and Nellie are married but their marriage is flat so she starts to look to Bob for comfort. Written by Col Needham <>

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1 October 1927 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El ring  »

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This film was released in 1929 in France under the title Le ring, as many magazines (such as Cinémagazine, Le film complet) prove. However, for some reason, at some point around the 1960s, it was confused with a Fred Niblo film released at the same time in France, Two Lovers (1928), which French title was Le masque de cuir, in reference to the Leatherface character in it. This title has been erroneously used for the Hitchcock film in various books from the 1960s and for a DVD release, although the plot has nothing whatsoever to do with a leather mask. See more »


During the first boxing scene, when the assistant is helping the sailor put on his coat, the coat is on nearly all the way; then, in the next shot, it is shown being put back on again. See more »


[first lines]
Corby: A friend of yours?
Girl: A *very* great friend.
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Interesting Silent Hitchcock
19 January 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock displays his already developed understanding for visuals in this early silent film. The plot of the film, involving two boxers fighting over a girl, is straight-forward drama without much to recommend it. Hitchcock's talent, though, is found in his stunning use of images. Nearly every shot is filled with visual symbols. Especially memorable is the jewelry that one boxer gives the girl just before she marries the other boxer. He slides it up her arm in a clearly sexual way and with one simple movement Hitch has shown us all we need to know. The boxing scenes are handled well with some interesting point-of-view shots that again prove how far ahead of his time Hitchcock was. The film also gives insight into his later treatment of women. The object of the boxers' desires is driven by money and lust, not reason or love. The only other women in the film are either beautiful party girls who make open offers of sex or old crones who help to destroy happy relationships. All in all, the Ring is a must for anyone interested in Hitchcock's early work and his development as a visual storyteller.

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