6.6/10
132
2 user 1 critic

The Square Ring (1953)

Boxing drama following the lives of 5 different fighters and their reasons for becoming boxers.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A pseudo-documentary in style with an emphasis on the daily work and routine of women police built around three different story lines. The first involves 18-year-old (in the film) Peggy ... See full summary »

Director: Muriel Box
Stars: Anne Crawford, Peggy Cummins, Rosamund John
Blonde Sinner (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig
Never Let Go (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
Spare the Rod (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Director: Leslie Norman
Stars: Max Bygraves, Donald Pleasence, Geoffrey Keen
Blackout (1950)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out ... See full summary »

Director: Robert S. Baker
Stars: Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Patric Doonan
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Roome
Stars: Jack Warner, Jane Hylton, George Cole
Landfall (1949)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rick (Michael Denison) is a costal command pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. He sinks what he believes is a German submarine, but which later proves to be British. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Michael Denison, Patricia Plunkett, Edith Sharpe
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anna Neagle is a World War II W.R.E.N., the counterpart of the American W.A.V.E., who encounters Michael Wilding in a blacked-out Piccadilly during an air raid. They get married and have a ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Frances Mercer
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Johnnie Byrne is a member of the British Parliament. In his 40s, he's feeling frustrated with his life and his personal as well as professional problems tower up over him. His desires to ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Peter Finch, Stanley Holloway, Mary Peach
Lease of Life (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The parson of a small rural community knows he is dying and this makes him reconsider his life so far and what he can still do to help the community.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Robert Donat, Kay Walsh, Adrienne Corri
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Terry is a self-employed lorry driver. He meets Shirley at a roadside cafe and later offers her a lift. On the way his truck with a valuable shipment of whiskey is hijacked on a quiet ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: Anthony Booth, Jacqueline Ellis, Derek Francis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Felton
... Kid Curtis
... Happy Burns
... Rick Martell
George Rose ... Whitey Johnson
... Rowdie Rawlings
Alfie Bass ... Frank Forbes
... Eddie Lloyd
... Adams
... Frankie
... Eve
Bernadette O'Farrell ... Peg Curtis
... Lou Lewis
Vic Wise ... Joe
Michael Golden ... Warren
Edit

Storyline

Boxing drama following the lives of 5 different fighters and their reasons for becoming boxers.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Knockout!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 January 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jim, der letzte Sieger  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film debut of Ronald Lewis. See more »

Quotes

Rick Martell: The blokes that don't go into the ring - they're the ones who get rich out of boxing.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Square Ring (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Entry of the Gladiators
(uncredited)
Music by Julius Fucík
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Clinches and clichés, not classic Ealing
3 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Based on the stage play by Ralph W.Peterson, THE SQUARE RING hardly ventures outside its theatrical roots but is one of the very few British films about the 'Noble Art'. It contains every single cliché known to boxing movies: the nervous novice, the washed up ex-champ looking for one more shot at the 'big time', the anxious wife who threatens to leave if he doesn't quit, the behind the scenes 'fix', camera close ups of ringsiders screaming for blood and of course the rows of spectators throwing imaginary punches during the fight scenes. Unfortunately THE SQUARE RING has the worst impersonation of a 'punch drunk' boxer in celluloid history. George Rose narrows his eyes into slits, screws his mouth sideways and ends up resembling a grumbling grotesque gargoyle. His repetitious rendering of the line "first, first ...I'll show 'em" in a strange, gravelly groaning whine is deeply embarrassing. It's a terrible performance from Rose. Almost as bad is Bill Travers as a morose heavyweight in a permanent state of idiocy, reading a juvenile comic and only answering questions in a monosyllabic, moronic fashion. These two wouldn't pass the stringent medical examinations of todays Boxing Board of Control. On the plus side THE SQUARE RING has an excellent performance from Bill Owen, who bounces into the dressing room full of vitality and spouts out lines like "look at the nose son, not a dent in it". He moves like a confident fit boxer even when he's not in the ring. Real life man and wife Maxwell Reed and Joan Collins share a few scenes, your enjoyment of these scenes will be enhanced if you read her autobiography before viewing the film. Ronald Lewis makes his film debut as a clean cut, shy, Welsh amateur having his first professional fight, who learns the hard way that the pro ranks aren't "fair". Look out for the stiff way he moves towards the centre of the ring when the first bell goes, it's unintentionally hilarious. If he moved like that in a real fight he wouldn't last 20 seconds. Also, watch out for the ending of his bruising battle, he literally sees stars (and so do we!). The climatic encounter between Kid Curtis (Robert Beatty) and the unbeaten prospect Barney Deakon (Alf Hines) contains some excellent camera work and is quite realistic. Robert Beatty, 44 at the time, looks too mature to be sporting the ring moniker "Kid". His opponent was played by the former light-heavyweight from West Ham, Alf Hines, a good club fighter who fought at the Albert Hall, Wembley and Earls Court and had just retired from the ring. He played a boxer in another Joan Collins movie THE GOOD DIE YOUNG, boxing historians should find it interesting that the world famous gym owner, Joe Bloom, was the referee in both these movies. On 2 June, 1958, a TV version with Sean Connery playing Rick Martell and a very young Alan Bates was broadcast on the ITV Play of the Week. THE SQUARE RING's technical adviser was Dave Crowley, the former British Lightweight Champion, it's not a bad little movie and is well worth watching. Fans of CARRY ON comedies will enjoy the early performances of Sid James and Joan Sims.


18 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed