The Square Ring
The Square Ring is a 1953 British film produced by Michael Relph, directed by Basil Dearden and made at Ealing Studios. It stars Jack Warner, Robert Beatty and Bill Owen. The film, based on a stage play by Ralph Peterson, centres on one night at a fairly seedy boxing venue and tells the different stories of the various fighters and spectators.
|The Square Ring|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Relph|
|Written by||Alec Grahame|
|Based on||The Square Ring (play)|
by Ralph Peterson
|Music by||Dock Mathieson|
|Edited by||Peter Bezencenet|
|Distributed by||GFD (UK)|
Five stories that take place mainly in the locker room prior to and after various bouts during a single evening at a cheap boxing stadium: an ex champion, Docker Starkie, trying to make a comeback; Eddie Burke, a new boxer on the way up; Harry Coombes, a future champion; Rick Martell, a crooked fighter planning to throw a fight; Sailor Johnson, a punch drunk ‘has-been’; and Rowdie Rawlings, a black boxer. Danny Felton is the dressing room attendant who has seen fighters come and go.
- Jack Warner as Danny Felton
- Robert Beatty as Jim 'Kid' Curtis
- Maxwell Reed as Rick Martell
- Joan Collins as Frankie
- Kay Kendall as Eve Lewis
- Bernadette O'Farrell as Peg Curtis
- Bill Owen as Happy Burns
- George Rose as Whitey Johnson
- Bill Travers as Rowdie Rawlings
- Alfie Bass as Frank Forbes
- Ronald Lewis as Eddie Lloyd
- Sid James as Adams
- Eddie Byrne as Lou Lewis
- Michael Golden as Warren
- Joan Sims as Bunty
- Sydney Tafler as 1st Wiseacre
- Alexander Gauge as 2nd Wiseacre
Original 1952 PlayEdit
Critical reception was mixed. One review called the film "uneven", accusing it of "veering between comedy and tragedy".
Peterson adapted the play into a 1954 novel.
1959 TV AdaptationEdit
1960 Australian TV adaptationEdit
|The Square Ring|
|Based on||play by Ralph Peterson|
|Distributed by||ABC-2 (Sydney)|
|20 April 1960 (Sydney, live)|
The play was also adapted for Australian television in 1960. It was recorded live in Sydney. Australian TV drama was relatively rare at the time.
Sydney boxing trainer Ern McQuillan was the technical advisor for the story. Joe Jenkins, who appeared often on television as a dancer, makes his acting debut as Rowdie Rawlings.
1965 Radio AdaptationEdit
The play was adapted for radio in 1965.
- Dan Crosby
- Max Osbiston
- John Gray
- Edward Hepple
- John Armstrong
- Robert MacDara
- Alastair Duncan
- Richard Meikle
- Ben Gabriel
- James Congdon.
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