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The Knockout (1914)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  11 June 1914 (USA)
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To show his girl how brave he is Fatty challenges the champion to a fight. Charlie referees, trying to avoid contact with the two monsters.

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Uncredited cast:
Dan Albert ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Pug (uncredited)
Charles Avery ...
Cop (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ...
Society Singer (uncredited)
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Referee (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
Edward F. Cline ...
Cop (uncredited)
Frank Dolan ...
Spectator / Party Guest (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ...
Pug's Sweetheart (uncredited)
Edwin Frazee ...
Spectator / Society Singer / Cop (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert ...
Society Singer (uncredited)
Alice Howell ...
Spectator / Party Guest (uncredited)
Edgar Kennedy ...
Cyclone Flynn (uncredited)
Charles Lakin ...
One of St. John's Gang (uncredited)
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A couple of tramps, down on their luck and hungry, decide to fake an exhibition boxing match for a promoter. Meanwhile, Pug, a good-hearted but boisterous fellow, takes on a gang of mashers who make unwanted advances to his girlfriend. Impressed by his abilities, the mashers decide to pass Pug off as Cyclone Flynn, the champion, and enter him in the boxing match. But the real Cyclone shows up, and he and Pug battle it out in the ring. Soon the fight progresses to include pistols, rooftop chases, and the Keystone Kops in hot pursuit. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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During the tug-o'-war between Pug and the Keystone Cops, Pug's boxing gloves disappear and then re-appear on his hands. See more »

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The Second Half Has A Lot Of Good Material
14 November 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The second half or so of this Keystone comedy is quite enjoyable, with a lot of good material. The first half is sometimes amusing, but for the most part it really only serves to set up the last part. Roscoe Arbuckle was skilled at performing almost any kind of comic material, but he is much more fun to watch when he has something good to work with. Charlie Chaplin's appearance in the last part of the movie also adds quite a bit.

The setup has Arbuckle getting hoodwinked into a boxing match with a champion opponent. It takes rather a while to prepare for the 'main event', and some of the material in the first half really isn't that creative. But once the match begins, with Chaplin appearing as a timid, hapless referee, things really get rolling. It's a lengthy, amusing sequence that's not unworthy of being mentioned with the boxing sequences in some of Chaplin's own movies. It's well worth watching this part over again to catch all of the subtle gags that Chaplin throws in.

Arbuckle is still the star here, though, and it ends up being a decent showcase for him to perform slapstick and feats of agility, plus a few mannerisms and facial expressions. It would have been better if some of the unnecessarily complicated setup material had been streamlined, but even as it stands it has some good laughs.


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