Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema
Dan Streible


The first filmed prizefight, Veriscope’s ‘Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight’ (1897) became one of cinema’s first major attractions, ushering in an era in which hugely successful boxing films helped transform a stigmatized sport into legitimate entertainment. Exploring a significant and fascinating period in the development of modern sports and media, Fight Pictures is the first work to chronicle the mostly forgotten story of how legitimate bouts, fake fights, comic sparring matches, and more came to silent-era screens and became part of American popular culture.

Foreword by Charles Musser.

Paperback, 424pp
University of California Press, 2008
ISBN 9780520250758