The Big Fight (1930)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Produced by Fox Studios, The Big Fight was ultimately released by a lesser firm, Sono-Art. Lola Lane stars as manicurist Shirley, who only has eyes for lovable prizefighter Tiger (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams). Unfortunately, Shirley's weakling brother Lester (James Eagle) is up to his snap-brimmed hat in debt to gangster Chuck (Ralph Ince). Tiger's crooked manager Steve (Wheeler Oakman) agrees to bail out Lester-but only if Shirley will sabotage Tiger's chances at winning a championship bout. Comic relief is supplied at regular intervals by stereotypical black comedian Stepin Fetchit. The Big Fight was adapted from a stage play by Milton Herbert Gropper and Max March; it was supervised by James Cruze, a major director of the 1920s who briefly headed his own production firm.

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battle [war], conflict, fame, fortune [wealth], prizefighter