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The Knockout (1914)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 11 June 1914 (USA)
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)
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Cop (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Society Singer (uncredited)
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Referee (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
Edward F. Cline ...
Cop (uncredited)
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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)
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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 »

Quotes

Tramp in Derby: Let's pose as pugilists to make some coin.
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Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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Vertigo's got nothing on this rooftop sequence!!
27 February 2008 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

That's not really true, of course, but the level of action and the quality and style of editing in this film is leaps and bounds above a lot of the kinds of films that were coming out at the time, even the ones that Chaplin himself was directing. The first 15 minutes of the film, the build-up to the boxing match, are noticeably slow and almost eventless, but the last ten minutes are so action packed and so frantically fast paced that it almost feels like a full length film.

Fatty Arbuckle stars in this tale of a fixed boxing match gone horribly wrong, and it has slapstick violence, Charlie Chaplin as a referee who doesn't seem to know that he's not supposed to get involved with the fight, gunfights, police chases, and Arbuckle dragging the whole precinct of officers attached to a rope into the ocean off of a pier. There's intrigue, betrayal, romance, crime, comedy, and illegal gambling. There is so much going on in this film that it's amazing how short it is.

Chaplin didn't write or direct this film, and in reality was only a co-star, but this is one of the best films I've seen in the Chaplin collection I have. Chaplin at the time was a very inexperienced filmmaker, and he wasn't really turning out anything better than this at the time that it was made. He became much better than this later in his career, obviously, but any Chaplin fan should not miss this one.


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