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Billy Edwards and the Unknown (1895)

Not Rated | | Short, Sport | 30 January 1895 (USA)
Billy Edwards and a challenger named Warwick fight an exhibition boxing match.


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Billy Edwards Billy Edwards ... Himself - Boxer
Warwick ... Himself - Boxer


Former lightweight boxer Billy Edwards, now a trainer and writer of the sport, takes on a challenger named Warwick in an exhibition match. The match is scheduled for five rounds of 20 seconds each. A large crowd has gathered behind the ring to watch the fight. Written by Snow Leopard

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30 January 1895 (USA) See more »

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Билли Эдвардс и неизвестный See more »

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Originally filmed in five rounds, with each round exhibited separately in adjoining kinetoscopes. Only one round survives. See more »


Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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Boxing Match
17 May 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Billy Edwards and the Unknown (1895)

Entertaining "boxing" film from Edison shows about twenty-seconds of a lightweight boxing match between Billy Edwards and an unknown opponent. Edison, who would film just about anything and sell it to the public, got into the habit of filming boxing matches (about 20-30 seconds of each round) and then showing them to the public. I do question whether this here was from a real fight or if perhaps it was just set-up because the two boxers are really going at it and with this pace they'd been out of energy by the end of the round. There's certainly nothing ground-breaking here from Edison but it's an interesting glimpse to a former popular boxer.

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