The Referee (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Suave Conway Tearle playing a prize fighter? At least he plays a middle weight in this colorful romantic drama, so his build fits the role (even if it's a stretch for his persona), and the rest of the film rings true. Middleweight champion John McArdle (Tearle) is idolized by one and all, including his fiancee, Janie Roberts (Gladys Hulette). Janie's fight promoter father (Anders Randolph), however, is not among his admirers -- he'd rather not see his daughter wed to a pugilist, or even an ex-pugilist, which is what McArdle becomes after he breaks his arm in an accident. Roberts wants to make sure that McArdle is a real man outside of the ring, and he proves himself when he becomes a referee. While officiating a bout for the world championship, McArdle discovers that the fight has been fixed. He is not afraid to stop the bout in order to keep the sport clean, in spite of the large sums of money involved. This finally wins Roberts' respect, and he gives Janie and McArdle his blessings.

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accident, car, champion, father, fighter, love