Underwater boxing from 1939?

I don't know the real story behind this clip, purportedly of a 1939 "Underwater Boxing Match," but it puts a delightful Chaplinesque spin on the sweet science.


  1. I recall seeing a documentary some years back that had old newsreel cameramen talking about how they staged events just to get something compelling to film.

    it seemed like all the old iconic newsreel footage about whacky inventions that we see over and over again, like the guy trying to skate with rockets tied to his back, or this walk-thru dry cleaner


    was the fabrication of desperate news organizations.

    I dont’ recall this underwater boxing being among them but it has that “air” about it.

  2. I’m confused… Are you talking of the sweet science of cinematography, or the sweet science of punching people’s heads in?

    Boxing is about as far from a science as any sport can be. It’s pretty much just a room full of morons shouting at another bunch of morons bashing each other. Where’s the science there?

  3. Does not looks like “normal”. staying below the water is not an easy task for people. The body will float. keeping yourself at the bottom of a pool is a challenge. 

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