The Square Ring

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For the ring used in the sport of boxing, see Boxing Ring.
The Square Ring
"The Square Ring" (1953).jpg
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Relph
Written by Alec Grahame
Based on The Square Ring (play) 
by Ralph Peterson
Starring Jack Warner
Robert Beatty
Bill Owen
Music by Dock Mathieson
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Peter Bezencenet
Distributed by GFD (UK)
Release dates
  • 13 July 1953 (1953-07-13) (UK)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1] The film, based on a stage play by Ralph Peterson,[2][3] centres on one night at a fairly seedy boxing venue and tells the different stories of the various fighters and spectators.


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. These include a novice cheated of victory, a boxer who refuses to "throw" a fight, and a veteran trying to make a come-back who pays with his life.[2][3]



The film was based on a 1952 play with the same name 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 he trained for two weeks in preparation for the role.[4]


Critical reception was mixed. One review called the film "uneven", accusing it of "veering between comedy and tragedy".[5]


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  2. ^ a b "The Square Ring | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b "The Square Ring Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Square Ring |". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Radio Times. Guide to Films (2004). p.1328

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