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Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)

Not Rated | | Short, Sport | 17 November 1894 (USA)
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Cast

Credited cast:
James J. Corbett
Peter Courtney Peter Courtney
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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 Snow Leopard

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boxing | bare chested male | See All (2) »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 November 1894 (USA) See more »

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Jim Corbett vs. Peter Courtney See more »

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Runtime:

(.08 30fps)

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Preserved in the Library of Congress' Hendricks (Gordon) Collection. What is left of the original is one reel of film 17 feet long. See more »

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Edison's First True Boxing Film
16 November 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

Thomas Edison, inventor of the Kinetoscope and Kinetograph, loved filming people boxing in a ring. In fact, that subject was about every bit as popular as the dance movies. This film can be considered their first true boxing film ever.

The reason I say "true" is because in 1891 one of Edison's earliest film experiments was entitled "Men Boxing"--it consisted of a brief scene of two men in a ring throwing a couple punches at each-other. But while that film is indeed the first film in the genre, it is obvious that the boxers are not professionals at all--simply two men pretending to box.

And I actually can't fully attribute this film as the first boxing film from Edison at all; the following year another Edison film called "Boxing" was made--this one I haven't seen; it is possible it doesn't actually survive. So even if this isn't the first boxing film from Edison, it is maybe the earliest surviving.

As for the footage itself, there is some interest here. You really cannot judge this film like the films of today; it is simply a historical artifact that is worth seeing because of it's historical value. It's not anything ground-breaking for the time but it does show what early audiences found entertaining. And if you're new to early films *and* a fan of boxing, then this would be an excellent watch.


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