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When Giants Fought
When Giants Fought

When Giants Fought 1926


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When Giants Fought 1926

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry B. Parkinson

Against the backdrop of a love story, this exciting, well-constructed and unusual film tells the true and little-known tale of the deep cultural impact of the arrival of a black contender for Britain's heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing title in 1810. Playing the role of Tom Molineaux, the former slave cheated of his victory, Frank Craig enjoys an unexpectedly dignified role for a black actor in the 1920s.

Tom Molineaux first fought Tom Cribb in December 1810. This was the first occasion that a national title had been contested by a black man. Boxing, previously seen as the sport which best represented the virtues of British masculinity, would face an increasing number of black challengers in the decades to come. Tom Cribb became a national hero and the pub he owned off Leicester Square still bears his name, while Tom Molineaux died in poverty and obscurity in Ireland in 1818.

S.I. Martin

Directed by

Harry B. Parkinson


Frank Craig

Joe Beckett






Black Britain on Film




United Kingdom

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