The Ring (1952)

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The Ring was directed by Kurt Neumann in a style best described as Hollywood neorealist. Based on a novel by Irving Shulman, the film focuses on a Mexican-American youth named Tommy (Lalo Rios). Unable to make any headway in a prejudicial, white-dominated society, Tommy turns to boxing, where he makes quite a name for himself. Just when he thinks he's gained the respect of the "Anglos," however, he discovers that they're only interested in his reputation, and still consider him an outsider because of his ancestry and skin color. Even the two white men who treat him decently -- his manager Pete (Gerald Mohr) and trainer Freddy (Robert Osterloh) -- have a vested interest. In danger of ending up a disillusioned, punch-drunk bum, Tommy is rescued by the unconditional love of his girl Lucy (Rita Moreno). Filmed entirely on location in greater Los Angeles, The Ring is for the most part an uncompromising glimpse at institutionalized bigotry.
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Cast

Robert Arthur
as Billy Smith
Jack Elam
as Harry Jackson
Lalo Rios
as Tommy
Peter Brocco
as Barney Williams
Pepe Hern
as Rick
Art Aragon
as Art Aragon
Edward Sieg
as Benny
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Yesss. . . I'm going to be the first person to write a review on this film. I caught it recently on Turner Classic Movies. I was blown away. This is one of those hidden gems. TCM is probably the only place you'll be able to see it too I don't know if you can buy it or rent it. This was the star actor's only major role that I know of it's a boxing film with heart. it takes you threw the trials of a latino boxer. One of the only movies thats deals with racism in the 1950s, a touchy subject at the time.

Todd Spencer
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