1951-1960DocumentaryShort FilmStanley KubrickUSA

Stanley Kubrick – Day of the Fight (1951)


Based on Kubrick’s pictorial for Look Magazine (January 18, 1949) entitled “Prizefighter,” “Day Of The Fight” tells of a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier, particularly the day of his bout with black middleweight Bobby James. This 16-minute short opens with a short (about 4 minutes) study of boxing’s history, narrated by veteran newscaster Douglas Edwards in a no-nonsense, noir tone of voice. After this, we follow Walter (and his twin brother Vincent) through his day as he prepares for his 10:00 P.M. bout. After eating breakfast, going to early mass and eating lunch, he starts arranging his things for the fight at 4:00 P.M. By 8:00, he is waiting in his dressing room, where he undergoes a mental transformation, turning into the fighting machine the crowd clamors for. At 10:00, he faces James, and soon, he comes out victorious in a short match which was filmed live on April 17th, 1950.

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Edwards …. Narrator (voice)
Vincent Cartier …. Himself (Walter’s twin brother) (uncredited)
Walter Cartier …. Himself (uncredited)
Nat Fleischer …. Himself (boxing historian) (uncredited)
Bobby James …. Himself (Walter’s opponent) (uncredited)
Stanley Kubrick …. Himself (man at ringside with camera) (uncredited)
Alexander Singer …. Himself (man at ringside with camera) (uncredited)
Judy Singer …. Herself (female fan in crowd) (uncredited)



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