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|Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:55 pm Post subject: EXISTS: 1916 Film of Strangler Lewis Defending World Title
|First time the details, to my knowledge, have been posted:
This newsreel still exists; released to theaters (RTT) on January 26, 1916, as photographed by Universal Pictures, whose newsreels division is generally-and-wrongly attributed to a start-up date of 1927.
It originally ran one reel, about ten minutes of film, silent, undercranked (somewhat speeded up), showing Ed "Strangler" Lewis defending his version, or a claimed version (the film studio could have made up the title), of the world's heavyweight catch-as-catch-can wrestling championship for some four minutes of the reel.
His opponent is not yet certain and will have to be identified by wrestling historians. I won't speculate who it is, although it definitely is not Joe Stecher or Frank Gotch, and it was filmed in New York, NY, indoors under very-bright arc lighting especially installed for the photography. That portion of the reel is relatively-poorly defined.
On the newsreel, and perhaps the reason it has survived, is footage of General Pancho Villa leading his Mexican Revolution army Division del Norte, film of then-Mexican President V. Carranza, who had been allied with Villa but became insanely jealous and then went to war against Villa and against General Emiiano Zapata, leader of the Liberation Army of the South.
Also on the newsreel is film of an American Indian chief named "Stormy Cloud," who reputedly was one of the models for the Indian head on the "Buffalo Nickel" and on several U.S. gold coins from the era when gold coins were of the realm in America.
If you look at the "Exists"-category posts at the Lou Thesz Forum on the WCMB, where this has not yet appeared, or at least that which I haven't deleted from it due to posting of later-obtained footage, we have located and posted links to most of such once-missing footage.
This particular newsreel still has to be converted from nitrate film to digital footage, which is quite expensive.