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A Scrap in Black and White (1903)

Shows a young black boy and a white boy in a lively set-to. They finally collapse in the centre of the ring after they have fought themselves to a stand-still. The referee proceeds to count... See full summary »
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Shows a young black boy and a white boy in a lively set-to. They finally collapse in the centre of the ring after they have fought themselves to a stand-still. The referee proceeds to count them both out, and the seconds empty buckets of water on the fighters. Written by Edison Catalog

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Short | Comedy | Sport

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USA

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July 1903 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Interesting As An Indication & Expression of Social Attitudes
7 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This otherwise inconsequential short feature is of historical and social interest because of the perspective that it offers on the social attitudes of the time. Intended to be a lighter look at racial tensions, it seems to suggest an awareness of those tensions and a hopefulness that they do not have to become so entrenched.

On the surface, the movie simply shows a boxing match between two young boys of different races, with a handful of adults supervising and/or watching. To the boys, the fight is clearly about winning or losing on a personal and sporting level, and even the adults show no outward preference one way or the other. The implication is that these children have not yet developed any significant prejudices or other negative attitudes, so that they can spar together simply for sport, without malice or hard feelings, unlike many of their adult counterparts.

In itself, the movie is adequate, though hardly noteworthy, in terms of its technique and its comedy content. But its subject and the implied attitudes that it expresses make it of interest, both in its own right and in the context of its time.


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