Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Musician/songwriter Harry Chapin was the creative hand behind the sublimely assembled documentary The Legendary Champions. Digging way back to the dawn of movies, the film, which covers the years 1882 to 1929, offers the lucky viewer precious clips of American's greatest heavyweight boxers. Important figures like John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett are represented via carefully chosen stills. The best moments -- the Dempsey-Tunney "long count" of 1927 among them -- may be familiar to some viewers, but it's always fun to see them again. The Legendary Champions is narrated by familiar TV-commercial voice-over artist Norman Rose.