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Fighting Mad (1957)

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Adrienne Scott ... Paula
Beckett Bould ... Jake
Jack Taylor ... Walkers
Colin Cleminson ... Danvers (as Colin Clemenson)
Ross Walters ... Digger
Bernard Walters ... Sgt. Platt
Geoff Roberts ... Goldie
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canada | boxing | See All (2) »

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1.37 : 1
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Far from trying to disguise the fact that the "Canadian" scenes weren't genuine, the posters boasted that it was "British Filmed in Scotland". See more »

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Short and snappy
6 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

FIGHTING MAD is one of the shortest feature-length films I've ever seen, clocking in at a mere 53 minutes. Even those 1930s-era B-movies were longer than that. It starts muscleman Joe Robinson as a boxer who accidentally kills his opponent in the ring, so he decides to escape to the wilds of the Canadian north and become a lumberjack.

Once there, Robinson becomes involved in the usual plot line involving a gang of criminals trying to evict a stubborn landowner from his plot. It's really an excuse for Robinson to flex his muscles and engage in a handful of slug-fests in which he brutalises a series of opponents who just won't stay down. There's some low rent action and heroics on display here, which makes it a rather amiable viewing experience.

Scotland stands in for Canada and does a pretty convincing job. Robinson was soon to elope to Italy to star in a couple of Italian muscleman flicks like TAUR THE MIGHTY. He might not be the world's greatest actor but then none of these musclemen ever were; they look good on screen and that's what counts.


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