|The Square Ring|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Relph|
|Written by||Robert Westerby|
|Based on||the play by Ralph Peterson|
|Music by||Dock Mathieson|
|Edited by||Peter Bezencenet|
|Distributed by||GFD (UK)|
The Square Ring is a 1953 British tragi-comic drama, 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 disparate stories of the fighters and the women behind them.
Six stories that take place mainly in the locker room prior to and after various bouts during a single evening at a cheap boxing stadium: ex-champion Kid Curtis (the Docker Starkie role in the original play) attempting a comeback; Eddie Lloyd, a former amateur boxer making his professional debut; ‘Happy’ Burns a chirpy lightweight; Rick Martell, a crooked fighter planning to throw a fight; Whitey Johnson, a punch drunk ‘has-been’; and Rowdie Rawlings, a simple heavyweight. Danny Felton is the experienced ex-pro dressing room attendant.
- 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
The play debuted in October 1952 and was immediately successful. Film rights were bought by Michael Balcon at Ealing. In November 1952 he announced John Mills would star, with Basil Dearden to direct and Michael Relph to produce. Relph later said he was reluctant to make the film as he felt box movies were bad box office.
The play was all male but three women were added to the film. The women included Kay Kendall and Joan Collins, who were both under contract to Rank. Kendall had just made Genevieve but it had not been released. Collins appeared opposite then husband Maxwell Reed.
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