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Ringside (1949)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  14 July 1949 (USA)
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Joe O'Hara, a hard fighter, wants the championship title for the money to finance the concert pianist career of his brother Mike, who also could be a good fighter. When Joe fights the title... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike O'Hara / King Cobra (as Don Barry)
Tom Brown ...
Joe O'Hara
Sheila Ryan ...
Janet 'J.L.' Brannigan
Joy White
John L. Cason ...
Tiger Johnson (as John Cason)
Joseph Crehan ...
Oscar Brannigan
Radio Announcer
William Edmunds ...
Prof. Berger
Harry Brown ...
Fight Manager
Chester Clute ...
Timid Man
Michael Vallon ...
Bettor (as Mike Vallon)
Edit Angold ...
Mama Berger
Jimmy Martin ...
Fight Second (as Jimmie Martin)
Sam Flint ...
Frankie Van ...


Joe O'Hara, a hard fighter, wants the championship title for the money to finance the concert pianist career of his brother Mike, who also could be a good fighter. When Joe fights the title bout someone tells his opponent, Tiger Johnson, that one of his eyes is bad and Johnson works on it until Joe loses the fight and his eyesight. Mike is enraged and starts training for the ring. He works himself up to the title bout with Tiger Johnson. Written by Les Adams <>

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14 July 1949 (USA)  »

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Cobra iskee  »

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22 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ringside is a boxing story from B studio Lippert Productions. It concerns a promising pianist who gives up a career as such to go in the ring and avenge his brother who was blinded during a world middleweight championship bout. The pianist is Don Barry and the blind boxer is Tom Brown.

There is probably so much wrong with this particular boxing film I almost dare not catalog it. Barry has some boxing skills, but while he's fast with feet and hands, he lacks a real punch. He wins all his fights by decision. A punch is something you're born with in the fight game, it can't be acquired with training.

But even worse no concert pianist worthy of the name would dare risk his hands boxing. Both trades require good hands used for vastly different purposes.

Barry has it in his mind revenge, but Brown was a fool to get in the ring. He was told that he had optic nerve damage, but chose to go in anyway. No boxing commission even back then would have sanctioned Brown going in the ring. Fight fans and film fans would have known that back in 1949.

All in all Ringside ranks as one of the worst films on pugilism I've ever seen.

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