Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  6 March 1949 (USA)
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Gangsters frame Joe on a drunk charge and a murder rap so they can put their own fighter into a big event. Joe investigates in an attempt to prove his innocence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Errol ...
Joe Kirkwood Jr. ...
Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
Lina Romay ...
George O'Hanlon ...
Virginia Welles ...
Greg McClure ...
Dutch Grady
Taylor Holmes ...
Dr. Benson
Ian MacDonald ...
Lou Lubin ...
Bert Conway ...
Pee Wee
Lt. Muldoon
Benny Baker ...
Fight Secretary
Eddie Gribbon ...
Jack Roper ...


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