Saturday, July 26, 2014

First Fight Film -- July 26, 2014

Many accounts say that the James J Corbett- Tom Courtney fight, filmed on 08-September-1984 was the first fight film.  However, on 14-June-1894, WKL Dickson of the Edison company filmed a fight between lightweight boxers Mike Leonard, the Fashion Plate, the Beau Brummel of the Prize Ring, and Jack Cushing.  The original production had six one-minute rounds, each on a Kinetoscope reel.  It was filmed in a tiny ring in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey. 

I couldn't find much about Jack Cushing, but here is an ad for a vaudeville appearance by Mike Leonard from the 25-August-1895 Washington Morning Times

What survives of the fight looks like a good scrap. 

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