Movies Way Back When: Big Fight at "Flying A" Film Studio

Image: Motion Picture News, April 10, 1920 title=
Image: Motion Picture News, April 10, 1920
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By Betsy J. Green

Prize fighting was illegal in many places in the U.S. back in 1919, so it was easy to find audience members for the staging of this silent film.

"The American Film Company [‘Flying A’] is planning to stage a number of fast bouts for the benefit of the motion picture cameras . . . A large amphitheater to surround the ring is being constructed in the big glass studio . . . Ladies, as well as the men are included in the invitation." The movie was "The Honey Bee."

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Gimli Jan 29, 2023 10:24 AM
Movies Way Back When: Big Fight at "Flying A" Film Studio

And to this very day people get a kick out of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) both men & women. What is missing in these fights are short length swords, spears, shields, tridents, nets, some armor and the final kill to to one's opponent. And the audience giving the thumbs up for the opponent to live another day or thumbs down to finish off the opponent. Days of the Roman Empire!

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