Fisticuffs (1938)

Approved   |    |  Short, Sport


This Pete Smith Specialty showcases former heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer with various sparring partners in the ring. Slow motion is used to illustrate how Baer uses his skills.


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18 August 2013 | Michael_Elliott
Charming Short from Smith
Fisticuffs (1938)

*** (out of 4)

This Pete Smith Specialty from MGM takes a look at one-time heavyweight champion Max Baer who shows us his moves inside the ring as well as those outside the ring with a cute lady. Like many of the Smith shorts from this period, this one here tries to not only educate on various boxing moves but there's also bits of humor thrown in. Overall I'd say this here is one of the better films in the series for a number of reasons. For starters, Baer is such a likable fellow you really can't help but enjoy watching him "act" here for the camera. This includes some slow-motion shots of him inside the ring teaching you how to hit but there's also that comic style of his where he's constantly trying to hit up on a young woman who wants none of it. This comic charm is something classic film buffs will notice from some of Baer's other film roles. Smith is also quite funny here with him comments on the boxing action. Baer's reputation has pretty much been ruined due to a very popular film out there but this film certainly shows him in a different light and in a light most people said was more like him.

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