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Gans-Herman Fight
(1907) American
B&W : Three reels
Directed by (unknown)

Cast: Joe Gans [himself], Kid Herman [himself], Jack Welch [referee]

Miles Brothers production. / Released [?] 26? January 1907. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot on 1 January 1907 in Tonopah, Nevada.

Documentary: Boxing.

Reviews: [Variety, 26 January 1907, page ?] “Miles Bros.” stamped upon the opening announcement of the moving pictures of the Gans-Herman fight at Tonopah, Nevada, on last New Year’s Day guaranteed the genuineness of the pictures, which speak for themselves. A few preliminaries showed local celebrities of the mining district, including a seven-foot sheriff, all described by Joe Humphreys, the professional annoucer, especially engaged to inform the audience at the Murray Hill of the important points occurring during the fight. The series is somewhat lengthy, partly occasioned by two changes of reels, but there is no marked delay in the eight rounds between the colored and white fighter. Excepting a slight photographic disturbance in the early part, the pictures are clear and the movements of the men easily followed. After the first round the action is rapid, the men fighting fast, with Herman making wild swings and rushes, losinghis head often. Gans is careful and alert, punishing his smaller opponent unmercifully in the sixth and seventh rounds. This takes place in Gans’ corners, caused by a right-hand blow to Herman’s jaw, and when notified in advance by Humphreys of what was coming no one missed it. The after scenes, with Herman insensible, the crowd surging in the ring and the sheriff ordering the building cleared ended the exhibition. The atmosphere of the prize ring being absent, with the women present unaware of the nature or seriousness of the blows, as shown in pictures only, there is no reason why the “Gans-Herman Fight” series should not be a feature act on the bill. — Sime.

Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Athletes: Boxers - Sports: Boxing - USA: Nevada: Tonopah

Listing updated: 5 March 2008.

References: Variety-19070126 : Website-AFI.

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