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Day of the Fight (1951)

After a short study of boxing's history, narrated by newscaster Douglas Edwards, we follow a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier.

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Complete credited cast:
... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Nat Fleischer ... Himself - Boxing Historian
Walter Cartier ... Himself - Boxer
Vincent Cartier ... Himself - Walter's Twin Brother and Manager
Bobby James ... Himself - Boxer
Dan Stampler ... Himself - Owner of The Steak Joint
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Storyline

The appeal of boxing to a fan is explained before the question is asked: what is the appeal of boxing as a career? Some of the many negatives of it as a career are the inherent violence, that it only has a limited shelf life as it is a job for the young, the fact that only one percent of the six thousand professional boxers in the United States makes a good living at it, and that making a good living is predicated on an improving record which means always needing to win. It is perhaps that last point which draws many to it as a career: that want to be the best in a competitive environment. A day on the job of one such boxer is presented, twenty-four year old middleweight Walter Cartier. This day on the job will end with a bout, which will either improve his earning potential through a win, or lessen it with a loss. Some of what Walter has to go through this day are legal in ensuring he meets all the state requirements to go into the bout. But most of the day is spent on mental and ... Written by Huggo

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30 March 1951 (USA)  »

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This Is America: Day of the Fight  »

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$3,900 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final sequence (the Walter Cartier vs. Bobby James bout) was filmed live on 17 April 17 1950 by Stanley Kubrick and Alexander Singer. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Time is a strange thing when you have a little of it and you want it to last, it scatters away in all directions and you never know where it's gone. Twenty four years are a long time, but in a way that's gone pretty quickly for a couple of boys. It's only when you want the hours to go, like now, that time as a way of staring you in the face as it barely moves along.
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Interesting for completists but no-one else
1 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

The first short film by Kubrick, it follows a boxer through the day-long wait for an evening fight.

I watched this out of interest as I watch the majority of Kubrick's films. However this is the only appeal that I can see for watching this.

The short follows the boxer through his routines on the day, the heavy narration talks us through the whole thing. In theory the short is meant to give us an insight in the boxer's thoughts and feelings however it really only shows us what he eats and who he talks to.

This is interesting if you are a Kubrick completist but other than that it is of limited appeal.


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