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The script for Third Man in the Ring won the Best Script award at the
Hoboken (NJ) International Film Festival. The script can be seen in
the last scene of the video (the blue document is the script, the gun
plays a part in the film) which is replicated below.
THIRD MAN IN THE RING
By James Maggio and Barbara Stolfi-Maggio
(This film is inspired by a true story.)
THIRD MAN IN THE RING is a film about a man beset by conflict in every facet of
his life, conflict in his professional life, conflict in his marriage, and conflict with
his friends and relatives. THIRD MAN IN THE RING will capture fans of boxing,
organized crime and life itself with the flavor of Raging Bull, The Godfather and
Days of Wine and Roses.
This story is about a man who sets his goals high in an attempt to win the love
and respect of his wife and her family. It is also the story of a man who becomes
a celebrated professional fight referee and a mob associate and will show the
treachery of the mob when you refuse to play ball with them.
Teddy takes up prizefighting as a means to earn the right to court Dolly, his
wealthy girlfriend. After years of success in the ring, he encounters stiffer
competition. The punishment he suffers tells him it’s time to end his
prizefighting career. Teddy’s love of the boxing game is so great that he seeks
out opportunities to coach and referee amateur boxing. To provide a steady
income, Teddy takes a job with the New York Central Railroad. It is here that
Teddy begins his other career as a bookmaker.
The mob soon learns of his activity at the St. John’s rail yard and makes him a
lucrative offer to run a large bookmaking operation. In THIRD MAN, we will follow
Teddy as his fortunes thrive, and he wins the hand of the love of his life. In a
curious irony of fate, Teddy becomes the rich man as Dolly’s family’s fortune
disappears with the end of Prohibition. Despite Teddy’s generosity, this reversal
of fortune remains a sore point with Dolly throughout their marriage.
THIRD MAN will depict Teddy’s rise in the world of boxing to become the
youngest professional referee in New York State’s roster of referees. We will also
meet the man who controlled boxing in the 40’s and 50’s, a man who was known
as the Underworld’s Overlord of Boxing. A man, who assumes that because of
Teddy’s mob association, Teddy was obligated to do his bidding. When Teddy
refuses, he plots his revenge. This act of revenge reveals Teddy’s association
with the mob and begins the long, slow slide in Teddy’s fortunes that lead into
the destruction of his marriage, the loss of his moneymaking source, and the
loss of his daughter’s admiration..
Despite these tragedies, THIRD MAN eulogizes Teddy’s life, first by his boxing
peers and then by his daughter because of his heroics and his induction into a
Boxing Hall of Fame.
What readers have said about the script:
Great Script! One of the best I have ever read.
Mike Marino, Comedian, New Jersey's Bad Boy
Loved the script! A winner! Toni Rappa,wife
of boxing historian Sal Rappa
This script has all the elements of The Godfather,
Raging Bull, and The Days of Wine and Roses.
an Independent Movie Director
A penetrating look into the worlds of boxing
and organized crime. Bruce Hall
This script must be made into a feature film!
Donna McKenna, Well-known Casting Agent
What famed author Joyce Carol Oates said about the role of the referee in
boxing: "The third man in the ring is usually anonymous as far as the crowd
is concerned and appears to many observers an observer himself, even an
intruder. But so central to the drama of boxing is the referee that the
spectacle of two men fighting each other unsupervised in an elevated ring
would seem hellish if not obscene. The referee makes boxing possible. He
is responsible for the fight if not for the individual fighter’s performance.”
The following was taken from an online article by Jon Vale entitled "The Mob, Murder Inc,.and
Madison square Garden: Boxing's Tale of Corruption":
- Frankie Carbo (picture above) (was) one of New York's biggest gangsters and the most
important man in boxing in the 1950s.
- It was Carbo ably assisted by (Jim) Norris, Truman (Gibson) (of the International Boxing
Club), and his murdering mate (Blinky) Palermo, who sat at his table in the sublimely
classy Toots Shor bar and decided the fate of the world's top boxers (in the 50s).
- ... for the great fighters of the day, it didn't matter how much hard effort they put in,
how many long hours they spent running the roads, how many punches they threw with
venom into the heavy bag, to get to the top, unless they absolutely exceptional, it was a
case of who they knew rather than what they knew if they intended to get ahead.
- From Mike Silver, boxing historian and author of "The Arc of Boxing", explains: "The
mob's influence was pervasive during the 1950s primarily because they controlled the
International Boxing Club (IBC), the sport's major promotional outfit. And since the IBC
controlled televised boxing that gave the mobsters even more power."
- The mob controlled it all, from trainers and managers to the reporting journalists with a
combination of intimidation and financial backing ensuring everybody the mob wanted
was under their control.
The pictures below are of the Underworld's Overlord of Boxing (Frankie Carbo)
entering the courtroom and his mug shot. The text is a description of his control over
the sport of boxing.