David Pescovitz at 2:54 pm Sun, Sep 4, 2011
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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.
Any early incarnation of the International King of Sports Underwater Shot Putt, perhaps?
I’ll just leave this here:
The venue is still there, just next to the new Wembley Stadium, but it’s now called the Wembley Arena. The swimmingpool lasted only just past the 1948 Olympics in London.
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.
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?
You don’t know much about boxing, do you?
Hey TEAPOT. Come here.
* long yawn* Nah, I’ve forgotten. Go away.
Well…they didn’t have any internet, so they had to find something to kill the time with.
Oh, and you all know that they were shorter back then too, right? =)
First viral video?
Don’t try this at home, kids 8 |
This looks shopped.
It’s like every dream I’ve ever had where I was fighting someone. I always move like I am underwater in such cases.
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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