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Palooka (1934)

 -  Comedy  -  26 January 1934 (USA)
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Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Nina Madero
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Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mayme Palooka
Robert Armstrong ...
Pete Palooka
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William Cagney ...
Al McSwatt
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Trixie
Franklyn Ardell ...
Doc Wise
Tom Dugan ...
Whitey
Louise Beavers ...
Crystal
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Smokey (as Snowflake)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gus Arnheim ...
Orchestra Bandleader
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Storyline

Mayme walks out on her husband, Pete Palooka, after he wins the middleweight championship and shows his proclivity for life in the fast lane. She raises son Joe on a farm, by herself. When slippery fight manager Knobby Walsh happens to discover Joe's surprising punching power, he signs him. With current champion Al McSwatt needing an easy opponent, Walsh gets Joe the fight. Palooka steals the championship( and girlfriend Nina Madero) from McSwatt when McSwatt shows up for the fight drunk. Now it's Joe's turn to live in the fast lane, winning fights(that are set ups by Walsh) and drinking hard with vamp Nina. However, when McSwatt and his manager trick Joe into a rematch, it's time to test his real boxing talent. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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26 January 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Palooka  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Doc Wise: He's no more a champ than you're an Indian.
Knobby Walsh: I am an Indian; and my name is Sittin' Pretty.
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Connections

Followed by The Joe Palooka Story (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Like Me a Little Bit Less (Love Me a Little Bit More)
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung and danced to by Lupe Velez at the Paradise nightclub
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Worth Seeing Only For Lupe Velez
18 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got a kick out of this film for the first half of it, but it got so stupid with the main characters that I had a hard time finishing it. However, it was still worth a look to see Lupe Valez. I had read what a strange character she was in real life, and that she was sexy woman, so at least I have now seen her. She was a very pretty lady and not shy, either. This film just made it under the wire before the Hays Code came along, so Lupe showed us about all of her breasts. They weren't anything noteworthy, but she certainly showed what she had and a year later, she would have been forced to cover up.

Stu Erwin plays the boxer "Joe Palooka." He plays a really inept fighter and stupid guy in general who is endearing for awhile but wears thin. The same goes for Jimmy Durante's role of fight manager "Knobby Walsh." He really wears thin.

Anyway, this is typical early '30s material which means very corny and dated in the humor and romance department, sometimes hilarious and a bit racy and edgy but one that bogs down midway through.


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