Transcript: Ernest Hemingway | Jul 18, 1999

(music plays)

Against a black background, animated letters read “Blast from the past.”

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Ernest Hemingway.”

The Narrator says PARIS, SUMMER OF 1929.
THE SITE OF WHAT WOULD BE
THE GREATEST BOXING MATCH
IN LITERARY HISTORY.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY
LOVED TO BOX.
HE WAS ALWAYS
PUNCHING SOMEONE.
ABOUT THE ONLY PERSON
HE DIDN'T BOX
WAS THE NEAR-BLIND
JAMES JOYCE.
BUT IN THAT SUMMER OF
1929, ERNEST HEMINGWAY
WOULD MEET HIS MATCH:
CANADA'S OWN
MORLEY CALLAGHAN.

Fast clips show the Eiffel Tower, a kid punching another one, a man taking out dressings from his eyes, a black and white picture of Hemingway wearing a pullover, followed by another one of a old man wearing glasses.

The Narrator continues THE TWO HAD BOXED BEFORE,
BUT THIS WOULD PROVE
TO BE THE BIG EVENT.
HEMINGWAY SCHEDULED THE
FIGHT FOR 5 O'CLOCK
AT THE AMERICAN CLUB.
HOWEVER, THAT DAY HE
AND F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
ATE A HEAVY LUNCH.
WORRIED HE'D BE TOO
GROGGY BY 5:00,
HEMINGWAY AND F. SCOTT
ASKED CALLAGHAN
IF HE WOULD AGREE
TO BOX AT 4 O'CLOCK.
HE DID SO AND THE
MATCH WAS ON.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY VERSUS
MORLEY CALLAGHAN
WITH F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
AS THE TIMEKEEPER.
HEMINGWAY AND CALLAGHAN
AGREED TO THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS
WITH A ONE-MINUTE
REST IN BETWEEN.

An old clip features a boxing match.

The Narrator continues IN THE FIRST ROUND, CALLAGHAN
CUT HEMINGWAY ON THE LIP
CAUSING IT TO
BLEED PROFUSELY.
IN ROUND 2, CALLAGHAN
CONTINUED TO POUND
ON HEMINGWAY'S FACE.
HEMINGWAY WAS GETTING ANNOYED
AND STARTED TO MOVE IN
MORE AND MORE AGGRESSIVELY.
THEN, CALLAGHAN LANDED A
PUNCH THAT CAUGHT HEMINGWAY
OFF GUARD AND SENT HIM
SPRAWLING BACK ON THE CANVAS.
WHEN FITZGERALD
LOOKED AT HIS WATCH,
HE WAS HORRIFIED.
HE'D LET THE ROUND
GO TOO LONG.
HEMINGWAY WAS FURIOUS AND
STORMED OFF TO THE SHOWERS.
FITZGERALD WAS EMBARRASSED.
CALLAGHAN WON THE FIGHT.
MONTHS LATER, ADDING
INSULT TO INJURY,
THE DENVER POST AND THE
NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE
RAN STORIES SAYING THAT
HEMINGWAY WAS KNOCKED OUT COLD
BY CALLAGHAN IN ONE ROUND.
A CORRECTION BY CALLAGHAN
APPEARED THREE WEEKS LATER.
NEVERTHELESS, THAT BOXING MATCH
ENDED UP BEING THE EVENT
THAT FOREVER DISTANCED ERNEST
HEMINGWAY, F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
AND MORLEY CALLAGHAN.

A clip shows two fencing players, a truck slowly hitting a man by accident, a man yelling, people cheering and three men riding a boat.

The caption changes to “Hemingway photo courtesy of Comstock-Photofile/Yousef Karsh.”

A slate reads “A Production of TV Ontario. Copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 1999.”

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