Advertised as an "assembly," Kings of the Ring was a 45-minute sports documentary concentrating on the great boxers of the 20th century (up to 1928, that is). The film began with priceless clips from the pioneering Edison studios; most of these brief fight films were reconstructions, but the boxers were genuine. The rest of the footage was devoted to the more recent Dempsey-Firpo fight and the controversial Dempsey-Tunney "long count" decision. New York Daily News sports columnist Paul Gallico wrote the continuity for the film and supervised the editing. Portions of Kings of the Ring would resurface in TV and theatrical documentaries for decades to come.
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