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Love in the Ring (1930)

Liebe im Ring (original title)
Originally Liebe in Ring, this German part-talkie is a generally agreeable effort to transform heavyweight boxing champ Max Schmeling into a movie star. It's the old saw about an ... See full synopsis »


Reinhold Schünzel




Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Schmeling ... Max - Sohn der Obsthänderlin / Son of The Fruit Peddler
Renate Müller ... Hilde - Tochter des Fischhändlers / The Fish Peddler's Daughter
Olga Tschechowa ... Lilian
Frida Richard Frida Richard ... Maxs Mutter / Obsthändlerin / Fruit Peddler
Rudolf Biebrach Rudolf Biebrach ... Fischhändler / Fish Peddler
Kurt Gerron ... Maxs Box-Manager
Max Machon Max Machon ... Erster Trainer
Hugo Fischer-Köppe ... Zweiter Trainer
Julius Falkenstein ... Ein Lebemann / A Bon-Vivant
Yvette Darnys Yvette Darnys
Arthur Duarte Arthur Duarte ... (as Arturo Duarte)
Emil Heyse Emil Heyse
Heinrich Gotho Heinrich Gotho
José Santa José Santa ... Selbst / Himself, Jose Santa
Harry Stein Harry Stein ... Selbst / Himself, Harry Stein


Originally Liebe in Ring, this German part-talkie is a generally agreeable effort to transform heavyweight boxing champ Max Schmeling into a movie star. It's the old saw about an up-and-coming pugilist who ignores his loyal girlfriend in favor of a wealthy adventuress. His new romance nearly wrecks the hero's career, but with the help of his friends -- and of course, his real sweetheart -- he makes a spectacular comeback. The final scenes show Schmeling and his new bride heading for America, which was evidently Mecca so far as pre-Hitlerian German filmmakers were concerned. Max Schmeling's leading lady in Love in the Ring is Olga Tschechowa; in real life, he married the equally popular actress Anny Ondra. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date:

10 August 1930 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Planned as a silent film, but dialogue was added when orders came to make it a "talkie." See more »


Music by Artur Guttmann
Lyrics by Fritz Rotter
Sung by Max Schmeling
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American Reissue
19 May 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

My review is based on the 1936 American version of this film, THE COMEBACK, which has a long discourse by an American boxer following Schmeling's defeat of Joe Louis.

This is a perfectly ordinary poor-young-boxer-makes-good film, including the mother who disapproves of his fighting, the poor young woman who loves him, the humorous but honest fight manager (in American pictures it was typically played by James Gleason), and, of course, the evil vamp who leads him astray. I am sure that the roots of this story may be found in Aeschylus, but it's a dependable tale and always subject to a fresh retelling.

Here they try to freshen it by using Max Schmeling -- at the time World Heavyweight Champion -- in the lead. He is a handsome young man and in an era of rising nationalism, he was turned into a symbol of Aryan Purity by the Nazis, who publicly ignored the fact that his wife was Czech and his manager was Jewish. Schmeling is a good-looking fellow who hits his marks and does his stuff competently. The result is a decent film that is of greater than usual interest because of its historical context.

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