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Glove Slingers (1939)

Approved | | Short, Action, Comedy | 24 November 1939 (USA)
A fighter trains for the big bout, and discovers that his opponent is his girlfriend's brother.



(story and screenplay) (as L.A. Sarecky)


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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Gray ...
Fight Spectator
Bert Young ...
Fight Timekeeper


The first twelve shorts made by Columbia in this series known as "The Glove Slingers." Noah Beery Jr. played 'Terry Kelly' in this one, while David Durand took the role in the next eight, and 'Bill Henry' in the last three. Here, the story deals with a young warehouseman whose uncle is a down-at-the-heels fight manager who discovers, to his surprise, that his nephew can 'sling leather.' He persuades the reluctant boy to accept a boxing match. Then, at the beginning of the bout, the boy learns that his opponent is the brother of his sweetheart. Strictly blue-collar Americana in this entry, but the remaining eleven all had a college setting. The series, other than sharing the same series-title, has no connection to an earlier late-1920s/early 1930s series of shorts made by Universal Pictures. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Glove Slingers No. 1  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


First entry in Columbia's "Glove Slingers" series, an attempt by Jules White to produce short subjects driven by story, more than gags. See more »


Followed by Glove Birds (1942) See more »

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Well made and entertaining start for an obscure comedy series
12 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Columbia's short-subjects, I find this to be one of the very best the studio offered. Jules White's direction is superb, allowing room for character development and entertaining story-telling. The short plays out like a mini-feature, and White handles the fairly straight plot without relying on the large doses of the slapstick humor Columbia is most notable for. Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of gags to satisfy fans, but the change of pace is a welcomed one.

This two-reel comedy gave birth to a series of shorts that would become known as "The Glove Slingers". In future entries, the storyline would move to a college setting, which provided more fun, laughs, and boxing matches for another couple of years.

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