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The Ring (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 26 September 1952 (USA)
A young American of Mexican decent in East Los Angeles, California uses the boxing ring to make a better life for himself and his family, and learns as much about being a Latino in a white society as he does about boxing.


Kurt Neumann


Irving Shulman (screenplay), Irving Shulman (based on his novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerald Mohr ... Pete Ganusa
Rita Moreno ... Lucy Gomez
Lalo Rios Lalo Rios ... Tomas 'Tommy' Cantanios / Tommy Kansas
Robert Arthur ... Billy Smith
Robert Osterloh ... Freddy Jack
Martin Garralaga ... Vidal Cantanios
Art Aragon Art Aragon ... Art Aragon
Jack Elam ... Harry Jackson
Peter Brocco ... Barney Williams
Robert Shayne ... Jimmy - Aragon's Manager
Julia Montoya Julia Montoya ... Rosa
Lillian Molieri ... Helen Cantanios
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Rick
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Pablo
Tony Martinez Tony Martinez ... Go-Go


A young American of Mexican decent in East Los Angeles, California uses the boxing ring to make a better life for himself and his family, and learns as much about being a Latino in a white society as he does about boxing.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aurora de Rebeldia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

King Brothers Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Altuna received an "Introducing" credit. See more »


Before the final boxing match; real film footage of Art Aragon is clipped into the fight. His three corner men in the real footage are clearly completely different from the actors playing his corner men in the movie. See more »


Referenced in Crisis in Morality (1962) See more »


A-Cheep, A-Cheep
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson
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A boxing movie ahead of its time
20 January 2008 | by Junker-2See all my reviews

While obviously made as a "B" feature in its day, "The Ring" is a surprisingly good little flick deserving of far better than the relatively low rating (a 5.6 as I write this) it is currently receiving here on the IMDb.

"The Ring" starts off as a typical boxing "rags to riches" story. A young kid gets into a street fight just as a boxing manager happens to be passing by. Liking what he sees, the manager vows to turn the fiery youngster into a star.

Halfway through the film, however, the "rags to riches" storyline begins to turn and a much deeper side is revealed. More than a decade before the civil rights movement became a large issue in American society, "The Ring" tackled head-on topics such as stereotypes and racial discrimination.

The issues raised are still very relevant today, 56 years after this film was made. Are professional sports truly a way out for impoverished minorities? Or just an unobtainable illusion? And is becoming white the only way for minorities to become accepted into our society? (What could be whiter than a ring name of Tommy Kansas?) All this and a young Rita Moreno, too!...as the "girl next door" love interest.

"The Ring" is not a perfect 5 star film, but it was a movie truly ahead of its time. If you give it a try sometime I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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