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Daniel B. Ullman (story) and
Ron Ormond (adaptation)
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Release Date:
14 July 1949 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Don 'Red' Barry ... Mike O'Hara / King Cobra (as Don Barry)

Tom Brown ... Joe O'Hara

Sheila Ryan ... Janet 'J.L.' Brannigan

Margia Dean ... Joy White

John L. Cason ... Tiger Johnson (as John Cason)
Joseph Crehan ... Oscar Brannigan

Lyle Talbot ... 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 ... Doctor
Frankie Van ... Referee
Dan Tobey ... Fight Announcer
Joey Adams ... Duke Hensel
Tony Canzoneri ... Swinger Markham
Mark Plant ... Gangster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Bain ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
John Breen ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
James J. Casino ... Boxer (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Bobby Henshaw ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Trainer (uncredited)

Stanley Price ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Ned Roberts ... Fighter (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
Daniel B. Ullman (story)

Ron Ormond  adaptation

Produced by
June Carr .... associate producer
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer
Ron Ormond .... producer
Ira Webb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Walter Greene 
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller  (as Ernest J. Miller)
Film Editing by
Hugh Winn 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker  (as Theo. Offenbecker)
Makeup Department
Paul Stanhope .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austen Jewell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound engineer
Earl Snyder .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie R. Dalzell .... camera operator (as Archie Dalzell)
Noble Craig .... grip (uncredited)
James Doolittle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Jenkins .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donald S. Wakeling .... wardrobe (as Don Wakeling)
Music Department
Edward Rebner .... musician: piano
Other crew
Moree Herring .... script supervisor
Murray Lerner .... associate: executive producer Robert L. Lippert
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
Frankie Van .... technical director
Gloria Welsch .... dialogue director (as Gloria Welsh)

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68 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Chopin Or Champion, 22 May 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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