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Keep Punching (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  7 December 1939 (USA)
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Henry Jackson, known as Little Dynamite, is a Golden Gloves champion, who agrees to turn professional when approached by fight manager Ed Watson, despite the opposition raised by his father... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Armstrong ...
Willie Bryant ...
Frank Harrison
Mae E. Johnson ...
Jerry Jordan (as Mae Johnson)
Hamtree Harrington ...
'Windy' Butler
Canada Lee ...
Speedy Joe Williams (Henry's Trainer)
Lionel Monagas ...
Eddie 'Ed' Watson (Henry's Manager)
Francine Everett ...
Fanny Singleton
Baron Skinner (as Arthur 'Dooley' Wilson)
Hilda Offley ...
Mrs. Jackson (Henry's Mother)
Walter Robinson ...
Mr. Jackson (Henry's Father)
George Wiltshire ...
Jack Hemingway
The Minister (as J. Rosamond Johnson)
Buddy Bowser ...
Harrison's Friend
Elson Wright ...
Lee Norman ...
Bandleader Norman Lee


Henry Jackson, known as Little Dynamite, is a Golden Gloves champion, who agrees to turn professional when approached by fight manager Ed Watson, despite the opposition raised by his father and Fanny Singleton, his sweetheart. Soon, Jackson is ready to fight for the championship, when he runs into Frank Harrison, an old school friend. Harrison is not the faithful friend that Jackson believes him to be as he is betting heavily that the heavily-favored Jackson will lose the bout. To ensure he does, Harrison introduces Jackson to a hot mama, Jerry Jordan, who is instructed to make him drink, stay out late and generally mess him up by whatever means. The day of the fight, Harrison orders Jerry to slip Jackson a sleeping potion just before he leaves for the fight. Jerry, now in love with Jackson, finally agrees after Harrison threatens her. A few hours before the fight, Jackson, Windy, a Harlem hanger-on, Harrison and Jerry are in Harrison's apartment when Jerry proposes a toast to Jordan.... Written by Les Adams <>

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THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS With a Terrific Cast of Colored Stars (original poster)


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Film debut of Francine Everett. See more »


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Lazy Moon
Written by Bob Cole (as Cole) and Rosamond Johnson (as Johnson)
Sung by Henry Armstrong (uncredited) and guests at the Jackson home
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Poor fight footage and a predictable plot, but with some effective acting.
12 July 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Henry Armstrong, in the first of three films he made, stars as a boxer on the way to a championship, but he is as uncharismatic as you can imagine and a wooden actor to boot. I'm sure the 1939 audiences came only to see the fight footage, since Armstrong held three world championships in 1938 (in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions) and still is the only boxer to have done that all at the same time. But the boxing footage was disappointing too. You could see he and his opponent were holding back, and when he is knocked down, it's by a very light tap. These items were partially offset by some very good performances by Canada Lee as his trainer and Willie Bryant as the heavy trying to get Armstrong to lose the big fight. And Mae Johnson is terrific as the vamp Bryant gets to help him - a first class acting job. I also enjoyed Hamtree Harrington, who provides the little comedy there is in the movie.

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