Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Ring (1927)

Wardour Films
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Lionsgate)

At a carnival sideshow, a man is enticed by a girl selling tickets to enter the ring against a famous boxer. To everyone's surprise he wins, but he turns out to be the world heavyweight champion. The girl turns out to be engaged to the boxer, but he pursues her anyway. As their romance heats up, the two fighters become increasingly agitated. Eventually, they meet each other in the ring in the climactic final fight. Hitchcock's mix of melodrama and sports has visual flair on par with The Lodger, his earlier silent success, and is just as good. His one and only original screenplay.

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