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French Angel v Joe Cox in Brooklyn, NY 1940

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: French Angel v Joe Cox in Brooklyn, NY 1940 Reply with quote

This is from a Universal Pictures newsreel and it appears that before Universal donated its monster-size collection to the U.S. government, the who-ha's at Universal had all the narrations cut out of their soundtracks.

The French Angel (Maurice Tillet) applying his famed pinning hold on Joe Cox in a match held in Brooklyn, NY, either RTT as part of a longer reel on February 24, 1940, or the match was held on that date. I don't know which.

(RTT is Ken-scribble for Release To Theaters.)

https://youtu.be/O0PkUmEMIQI

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The above footage is of, according to information on WrestlingData, Tillet's seventh match in North America and his first bout ever in New York State. It was filmed on February 24, 1940. The match lasted a little more than 17 minutes.

He got the hell out of France before the Germans invaded the country and the French army surrendered after firing nine shots (they couldn't count to ten). Tillet would likely have been gas-chamber fodder for the Nazis as a "freak." He became an American citizen after WW II.

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