The Square Ring
|The Square Ring|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Written by||Alec Grahame|
|Based on||play by Ralph Peterson|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
|Release dates||13 July 1953|
|Running time||83 minutes|
The Square Ring is a 1953 British film directed by Basil Dearden and made at Ealing Studios. It stars Jack Warner, Robert Beatty and Bill Owen. The plot centers around one night at a fairly seedy boxing venue and tells the different stories of the various fighters and spectators.
- Jack Warner as Danny Felton
- Robert Beatty as Jim 'Kid' Curtis
- Bill Owen as Happy Burns
- Maxwell Reed as Rick Martell
- George Rose as Whitey Johnson
- Bill Travers as Rowdie Rawlings
- Alfie Bass as Frank Forbes
- Ronald Lewis as Eddie Lloyd
- Sid James as Adams
- Joan Collins as Frankie
- Kay Kendall as Eve Lewis
- Bernadette O'Farrell as Peg Curtis
- Eddie Byrne as Lou Lewis
- Michael Golden as Warren
- Joan Sims as Bunty
- Sydney Tafler as 1st Wiseacre
- Alexander Gauge as 2nd Wiseacre
The film was based on a 1952 play by Sydney-born author Ralph Peterson who arrived in London only the year before. Canadian actor Robert Beatty played the lead; he had no boxing experience so trained for two weeks in preparation for the role.
Critical reception was mixed. One review called the film "uneven", accusing it of "veering between comedy and tragedy".
- "Film May End A 50-Year Jinx.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 21 June 1953. p. 14. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- Radio Times. Guide to Films (2004). p.1328
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