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Joe Palooka, Champ (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 28 May 1946 (USA)
Manager Knobby Walsh discovers young hunk Joe Palooka and trains him to fight the champ. Mobsters try to make life tough for Joe and his socialite girlfriend Anne. Cameos by several boxing stars.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Kirkwood Jr. ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Ira Eyler
Robert Kent ...
Ronnie Brewster
Sarah Padden ...
Sam McDaniel ...
Eddie Gribbon ...
Louie, the Louisiana Lion
Manuel Ángeles Ortiz ...
Manuel Ortiz (as Manuel Ortiz)
Henry Armstrong ...
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Long-Count Bowman


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28 May 1946 (USA)  »

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Interesting cast in "tried and true" boxing yarn with humorous overtones
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Joe Palooka, Champ" is the first in a series of 11 black and white movies cranked out by Monogram Pictures (from 1946 through 1951) based on comic strip characters created by Ham Fisher.

Producer Hal E. Chester (formerly a "Dead End Kid" in in films) corralled a far better-than-average cast (for a Monogram production ) which included Leon Errol, Elyse Knox, Eduardo Cianelli, Joe Sawyer, Elisha Cook, Jr., Warren Hymer, Robert Kent, Sarah Padden, Dave Willock, J. Farrell McDonald, Phillip Van Zandt, Betty Blythe, Carol Hughes and Jeff Corey! 6'1" blonde haired golfer Joe Kirkwood, Jr. was selected to play Joe Palooka. He essayed an easy-going charm which was quite ingratiating.

Walk-on cameos by boxing greats Joe Louis, Henry Armstrong and Manuel Ortiz provided added allure to veteran director Reginald LeBorg's 70 minute "B" comedy/drama.

The "tried and true" premise of this yarn involved fight manager Knobby Walsh discovering hick Joe Palooka and developing him into a prize-winning contender.

Enjoyable, but immediately forgettable, opener for a popular series from a poverty row studio.

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