Ring (1927)

One of Hitchcock’s few straight melodramas, without much comedy or suspense, “The Ring,” the director’s sixth feature, is a mildly engaging account of a romantic triangle. Jack Saunders (Carl Brisson), nicknamed “One Round Jack,” and the Australian Bob Corby (Ian Hunter) are two boxers in love with the same girl, Nelly (Lilian Hall Davis).

Jack and Nellie are married but their marriage is flat so she starts to look to Bob for comfort.  But at the end, Nelly is faithful to Jack.

Even so, when Jack proposes a toast to Nelly, she is not around, and as he looks at the champagne in the glasses, it goes flat.

The film is more impressive visually than thematically.  The motif of the ring (round objects) dominates the narrative.

In the film’s opening sequence, we see a fairground with many round objects, a drum beating, a carousel, tents that are circular, and of course, the ring.

The title bears several meanings, literal and figurative.  First, there is the boxing ring, the setting of some dramatic scenes, then there is the ring that Jack gives Nelly, and the bracelet that she gets from Bob.  Francois Truffaut in his volume about Hitchcock pointed put that the snake-shaped bracelet may reflect the Bible’s serpent and the notion of fall from Eden.

In the wedding sequence, Hitchcock shows the denizens, including Siamese twins, a tall man and a midget, an obese woman.

Hitchcock was considered by some critics pretentious and bombastic, when he suggested that his viewers need to see his films three times (or more than once) in order to get all the thematic subtleties and visual touches in his film, and the above scene justifies his claim.

Running time: 100 Minutes.

Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

Cast

Carl Brisson.

Lillian Hall-Davis

Ian Hunter

Forrester Harvey

Harry Terry.

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