31 December 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Edison: Invention of Movies
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)
I'm not sure if James Corbett's name is well known today but he is considered the father of modern boxing and some might remember him as the character Errol Flynn played in Gentleman Jim in 1942. Apparently this was an actual fight with certain conditions set early on so that Edison could film it. From what I've read there were six, one-minute rounds but only the footage here seems to remain. This short runs twice as long as the rest of Edison's work from this period but that's still not long enough to fully enjoy seeing Corbett but it's still great to see what we have. Apparently this was a tremendous hit and countless other boxing films followed.