The Ring (1952 film)

The Ring is a 1952 American film noir drama sport film directed by Kurt Neumann and based on an Irving Shulman´s novel. It tells the story of a Mexican American who becomes a boxer to gain reputation in the U.S. and be respected by the English-speaking white majority. The film was shot in various locations in Los Angeles. The film is basically a look at institutionalized bigotry.

The Ring
Poster of The Ring
Directed byKurt Neumann
Produced byFrank King
Based on1953 novel "The Square Trap" by Irving Shulman
StarringLalo Rios
Gerald Mohr
Rita Moreno
Jack Elam
Music byHerschel Burke Gilbert
CinematographyRussell Harlan
Edited byBruce B. Pierce
Distributed byUnited Artists[1]
Release date
  • September 26, 1952 (1952-09-26)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film focuses on a young Mexican-American named Tommy (Lalo Rios) resident in Los Angeles's neighborhood.[2] He feels unable to progress in American society, dominated by white Anglophones. Therefore, to achieve popularity, he decides to become a boxer, thus achieving fame and honor. But when he believes he has earned the respect of the "Anglos", he discovers that they are only interested in his reputation, because they still consider him an outsider because of their ancestry and skin colour. Only two white men treat him decently: his manager Pete (Gerald Mohr) and trainer Freddy (Robert Osterloh). However, they also have a personal interest in him. The manager quits due to disappointment over Tommy's unconditional love for Lucy (Rita Moreno), the daughter of a punch-drunk bum.


The Ring is one of the first Hollywood films in which discrimination against Mexicans and Chicanos are presented, including prejudice against young people ("Pachucos") in the forties.[2]



  1. Cine: Estamos rodando (in Spanish). Cinema: We are rolling
  2. 1968-1978: El desarrollo del cine chicano* cinelatinoamericano. PDF (In Spanish: The development of Mexican cinema* Latin cinema. published for Jesús Treviño
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