Rehoboth Beach Film Society's Read a Movie series presents "The Fighter (1952)"

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Rehoboth Beach Film Society's Read a Movie series presents "The Fighter (1952)"

Time: April 9, 2014 from 4pm to 6pm
Location: Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Street: 226 Rehoboth Ave.
City/Town: Rehoboth Beach
Website or Map: http://www.rehobothfilm.com
Phone: 302-645-9095 x 1
Event Type: film, and, discussion
Organized By: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2014

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This drama is based on “The Mexican” by Jack London, who wrote the story during the Mexican Revolution while living in El Paso. The piece, based on a real life character, was originally published in 1911 in the Saturday Evening Post. The film version, released in 1952, stars Richard Conte (well-known for his role in The Godfather, 1972) as Filipe, who travels north from his home in Mexico to seek vengeance for wrongs committed in his village by soldiers of a corrupt government. The tale unfolds on two fronts, in Mexico where Durango (played by Lee J. Cobb) leads revolutionaries in constant need of arms, and in El Paso, Texas, where Filipe is motivated to enter the boxing ring in hopes of winning cash purses that will finance the weapons needed to help the overthrow of President Diaz’s regime. A review in the New York Times when the film was released stated, “. . . the inevitable climax . . . adds up to one of the most graphically exciting screen bouts in years, . . . of which Mr. London would have been proud.” Directed by Herbert Kline.

Also featuring Vanessa Brown, Frank Silvera, Roberta Haynes, and Hugh Sanders

[1952, USA, Runtime: 78 min, black and white]

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