Lanesville TV: Frank “the Fist” Farkle vs. Rocky Van Fight

1974 | 01:02:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: Documentation, Television

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In this March 9th, 1974 episode of Lanesville TV, the Videofreex screen their recently shot ringside footage from a boxing match that took place over the weekend in Marion Square Gardens of nearby Tannersville, NY. The event, which pitted (volunteer wrestler-boxers) Frank “the Fist” Farkle of Haines Falls against Rocky Van Fight of Hunter in a match, was a fundraiser for the Rescue Squad of Tannersville.

As Nancy Cain hosts the airing of the episode and the screening of the tape, taking calls from a number of locals tuning in, she shows segments of the footage that includes Davidson’s running commentary and wonderful video of the energized crowd. Callers place bets as the show and the fight progresses, which adds to the drama of the unfolding match and builds anticipation for the final scene.

—Faye Gleisser