The Man to Beat Jack Johnson (1910)

Four-year-old Willy Sanders demonstrates his boxing and wrestling skills against a much larger opponent.


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William Sanders ... Willy (as Willy Sanders)
Jack Johnson Jack Johnson ... Himself


Four-year-old Willy Sanders demonstrates his boxing and wrestling skills against a much larger opponent.

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Short | Comedy





Release Date:

October 1910 (UK) See more »

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Tyler Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This short comedy, produced by the Tyler Film Company and released in 1910, features the boxing and wrestling talents of four-year old Willy Sanders, as he takes on an unidentified (and unworthy) adult challenger - "Thanks, but I expected more", reads the final title as the victorious Willy celebrates. A simple idea (and a slightly disturbing one) and primitive in its execution, the film has the feel of a filmed music hall act (which it may have been) - the camera remains static throughout, with long takes broken only by the intertitles. The Jack Johnson of the title was the world Heavyweight boxing champion of his day. Sanders was beginning a short career as a child star, best known for a series of films as 'Little Willy' for the French company Éclair. Like many impresarios of the early silent era, Walter Tyler was something of a generalist, involved in production, distribution and equipment manufacture. One of a number of small production houses, his company issued a variety of comedies, travelogues (for example a series entitled Historic Spots of Old London) and zoological films. After Tyler's death in 1909, the company split in two, with the equipment sales handled by the Tyler Apparatus Co., while the Tyler Film Company took over the production and distribution work. See more »

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