Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Victor McLaglen mentioned on PBS

One-time boxer and future actor Victor McLaglen was pictured and briefly discussed in Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, the new Ken Burns film on PBS. McLaglen, who would go on to star in the 1928 Louise Brooks film, A Girl in Every Port, was a boxer before he entered the movies. And at one point he fought Jack Johnson, who would go on to become the world heavyweight champion!

Post script: There is a sports bar on Geary Street in San Francisco called Pat O'Sheas. (I used to frequent the joint for the occassional college football game.) And on the walls - typical of such establishments - hang all kinds of sports memorabilia, including jerseys, pennants, photos, etc.... Among the items is a very old photo of a group of boxers - and among them is a youthful Victor McLaglen.

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