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[Wrestling TV show]: Verne Gagne vs Yukon Eric

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Film Identifier: F.2008-04-0063
Run Time
0h 29m 18s
Format
16mm
Color
B&W
Sound
Optical
Date Produced
1950s
Abstract
An episode of a syndicated wrestling show shot at Chicago’s International Amphitheatre. Shot live on film with three-camera coverage, it features a witty and entertaining narration from announcer Russ Davis. Gagne was the US TV champion who wrestled in a highly athletic style, while Yukon Eric adopted a logger/miner persona. Each man wins a fall; Gagne wins when Eric is disqualified.
Log
00:03 MS Ring announcer describing rules of match & introducing wrestlers, LS of wrestlers, match begins, Davis begins talking about previous match ups of two men, wrestlers run around ring and grapple, Eric slams Gagne, Gagne headlock on Eric, 05:00 Eric slams Gagne against ropes, Eric lifts Gagne over ropes twice, Gagne lifts Eric over rope, Gagne acrobatically escapes from Eric’s grip, Eric chin-locks Gagne into fall, CU struggle as Gagne pushes off Eric, LS Gagne under wristlock on Eric, 10:00 crowd begins to yell in support of Gagne, CU as men tumble into ropes, LS more grappling, match gets more violent, full nelson on Eric CU, Gagne dropkicks but misses, Eric lifts of Gagne in back breaker drops Gagne to ground 13:25 first fall won by Eric, resting between match as Davis recounts Eric’s bio including when Tarzan Kowalski tore off 1/2 of Eric’s left ear, match begins again with grappling against ropes, Gagne full-nelson into reverse toe hold on Eric, 15:00 Gagne flying head scissors on Eric, Eric gets knee on Gagne’s adam apple, crowd boos, another flying head scissor on Eric, ref censures wrestlers for punching each other 20:00 Gagne flips Eric, CU sleeper hold on Eric, crowd goes wild, Eric falls, 21:08 Gagne wins second fall, CU ring announcer, resting between rounds, wrestling begins, bear hug on Gagne, CU of Gagne in pain, LS as Gagne escapes, Gagne sleeper hold on Eric broken up at ropes, crowd getting riled up and screaming, sleeper hold on Eric 25:00 Eric bear holds Gagne, CU of Gagne at ropes, LS men punching, Gagne body slamming Eric but falls over, Eric slams Gagne into ropes, Gagne’s head split open, men brutally punch each other, ref breaks it up, Eric disqualified, Gagne wins, crowd boos, Eric tries to hit Gagne with boot but Ref stops, Davis signs off from “ringside at International Amphitheatre, out 29:10
Distributors
Imperial World Films
Main Credit
Imperial World Films (is production company)
Davis, Sylvia H. (is producer)
Davis, Russell (is director)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Gagne, Verne (is performer)
Yukon Eric (is performer)
Nickel, Fred (is participant)
Davis, Russell (is commentator)
Blake, Ed (is announcer)
Genre
Sports
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)