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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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Cast

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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Short | Comedy

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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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No knockdown favourite
20 February 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I saw a new 32-minute restoration of this film (courtesy of the Chaplin Keystone restoration project) and came away with the feeling that half an hour was too long; the film degenerates into endless repetitive scenes that the more mature comedy shorts of the 1920s would have trimmed drastically to greater effect. However, reading other users' comments, I get the impression that the material previously edited out of "The Knockout" was actually the early, plot-based part of the picture -- hardly an improvement!

There are some funny bits; chiefly those that are allowed to stand as one-off gags and not over-milked by repetition. Don't (as if this needed mentioning!) look for realism -- the film clearly features the pair of six-shooters with the largest number of consecutive charges in the world, for a start...

There is, incidentally, no knockout in this boxing match. Much other activity, though; including Minta Durfee as a girlfriend with a decided taste for fisticuffs, Charlie Chaplin in a long-shot cameo as the referee, and a brooding Mack Swain apparently having trouble with his moustaches.


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