Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 6 March 1949 (USA)
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:
Knobby Walsh
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Tom Conway
Anne Howe
Dutch Grady
Dr. Benson
Bert Conway ...
Pee Wee
Lt. Muldoon
Fight Secretary
Jack Roper ...


Posing as a down-and-out fighter, "Dutch" Grady (Greg McClure) is hired as a sparring boxer for heavyweight-champion Joe Palooka (Joe Kirkwood Jr.and knocks him out in a training bout. Sports reporter Tom Conway (David Bruce), starts a jeering series on his radio program and in the press for Grady to get a title match with the champion. Knobby Walsh (Leon Errol), Palooka's manager, refuses to make the match until Grady beats other contenders first. But after much criticism affects Palooka's box-office receipts, Knobby agrees to the Palooka-Grady fight for the championship. But, on the eve of the bout, Grady's manager Talmadge (Lou Lubin), Conway and Doctor Benson (Taylor Holmes)have Joe drugged, and the Boxing Commissioner vacates his title. Maxine (Lina Romay), a beauty-contest winner, agrees to reveal for $5,000 how Joe was framed. Joe finds her knifed to death when he goes to meet her, and the police think he is the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 March 1949 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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