Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes 

Newly crowned boxing champ Jim Figg is taken to a mysterious elite hotel, where he's to fight an old boxing champ that no one has ever beaten.


Jeannot Szwarc (as Jean Szwarc)


Edward D. Hoch (story "The Ring with the Velvet Ropes"), Robert Malcolm Young (teleplay)


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Episode credited cast:
Gary Lockwood ... James Figg
Joan Van Ark ... Sondra Blanco (as Joan van Ark)
Chuck Connors ... Roderick Blanco
Ralph Manza ... Max
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Hayes
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Big Dan Anger
James Bacon James Bacon ... 2nd Reporter
Frankie Van Frankie Van ... Referee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Serling ... Himself - Host


After becoming world champion boxer, Jim Figg steps into his locker room shower, but steps out into a luxurious room in a strange house, where he is expected to participate in a fight with an opponent who has an extraordinary winning streak in the ring going. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Release Date:

5 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Ring of Fire
5 March 2013 | by stones78See all my reviews

This interesting little ditty has Gary Lockwood and Chuck Connors about to fight in a fiery boxing ring, although James(Lockwood)isn't sure exactly why he's supposed to box Blanco(Connors), and why he wakes up in this strange hotel just hours after winning the title against another fighter the night before. After winning the big match against Big Dan Anger(Ji-Tu Cumbuka), his manager instructs him to take a shower; soon after, he emerges in a strange hotel room, and a strange host is in the room with him. For a man who doesn't understand where he is or why he's there, I thought Lockwood gave a fairly wooden performance when a rational man should be very alarmed. This is one of those goofy Night Gallery questions that never get answered; this occurs in many other episodes as well. Joan Van Arc, of all people, also makes a guest appearance as Blanco's wife, Sondra, and she warns James that her husband is a great boxer, and begs James to lose the fight for a reason that's not explained very well. Connors does a fine job portraying the mysterious boxer, and explains the he's been fighting champions for several years, and has beaten them all, although no one is aware of him or the fights with the other boxers. The ending was slightly unexpected, but overall, I did enjoy the episode for the most part.

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