The Ring (1952 film)

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The Ring
Poster of The Ring (1952 film).jpg
Poster of The Ring
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Produced by King Brothers Productions
Based on 1953 novel "The Square Trap" by Irving Shulman
Starring Lalo Rios
Gerald Mohr
Rita Moreno
Jack Elam
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Edited by Bruce B. Pierce
Distributed by United Artists[1]
Release date
  • September 26, 1952 (1952-09-26)
Running time
1 hour, 19 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Ring is a 1952 American boxing drama film directed by Kurt Neumann and based on an Irving Shulman´s novel. It tells the story of a Mexican American who becomes a boxer to gain reputation in the U.S. and be respected by the English-speaking white majority. The film was shot in various locations in Los Angeles. The film is basically a look at institutionalized bigotry.[citation needed]


The film focuses on a young Mexican-American named Tommy (Lalo Rios) resident in Los Angeles's neighborhood.[2] He feels unable to progress in American society, dominated by white Anglophones. Therefore, to achieve popularity, he decides to become a boxer, thus achieving fame and honor. But when he believes he has earned the respect of the "Anglos", he discovers that they are only interested in his reputation, because they still consider him an outsider because of their ancestry and skin colour. Only two white men treat him decently: his manager Pete (Gerald Mohr) and trainer Freddy (Robert Osterloh). However, they also have a personal interest in him. The manager quits due to disappointment over Tommy's unconditional love for Lucy (Rita Moreno), the daughter of a punch-drunk bum.


The Ring is one of the first Hollywood films in which discrimination against Mexicans and Chicanos are presented, including prejudice against young people ("Pachucos") in the forties.[2]



  1. ^ Cine: Estamos rodando (in Spanish). Cinema: We are rolling
  2. ^ a b 1968-1978: El desarrollo del cine chicano* cinelatinoamericano. PDF (In spanish: The development of Mexican cinema* Latin cinema. published for Jesús Treviño

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