6.8/10
13
1 user

Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 7 February 1948 (USA)
Joe Palooka goes blind during a fight. An operation restores his vision, but he's told not to fight for a year. His trainer Knobby has picked up another fighter, but gangsters are pressing ... See full summary »

Director:

Reginald Le Borg

Writers:

Ham Fisher (characters), Bernard D. Shamberg (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Kirkwood Jr. ... Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
Leon Errol ... Knobby Walsh
Elyse Knox ... Anne Howe
John Hubbard ... Charles Kennedy
Patricia Dane ... Iris March
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... George Wendell
Wally Vernon ... Archie Stone
Frank Hyers ... Ralph
Jack Shea Jack Shea ... Jeff Lundy
Jack Roper Jack Roper ... Waldo
Horace McMahon ... Looie
Jack Overman ... Truck Driver
Eddie Gribbon ... Scranton
Sarah Padden ... Mom Palooka
Michael Mark ... Pop Palooka
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Joe is scheduled for the big fight as usual. This one has more fight sequences than plot.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Joe Kirkwood Jr., Elyse Knox, William Frawley
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The third of the Monogram series based on Ham Fisher's "Joe Palooka" comic strip, opens with Knobby Walsh (Leon Errol), the manager of Joe Palooka (Joe Kirkkwood), trying to talk his way ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Morris Carnovsky
Action | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A crooked mayor and fight promoter conspire to sign slow-witted Humphrey to a contract. Their goal is to use Humphrey to get Joe Palooka to sign. As things develop, Humphrey becomes mayor.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Robert Coogan
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Joe heads for South America to fight the Latin champ. Shipboard, he helps federal agents fight counterfeiters. He also spars with love interest Anne Howe.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Elyse Knox
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Joe and Anne go off on their honeymoon while Knobby books him into a charity fight which Lord Cecil tries to wreck.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Robert Coogan
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Elyse Knox
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the second film of Monogram's Joe Palooka series, Joe is 'used', by two state senators scheming to obtain oil-rich lands, in a publicity campaign to get the land transferred to the state... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood Jr., Guy Kibbee
Edit

Storyline

Joe Palooka goes blind during a fight. An operation restores his vision, but he's told not to fight for a year. His trainer Knobby has picked up another fighter, but gangsters are pressing him to fix fights. Joe decides to risk his eyesight to save Knobby's honor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to actor/comedian Emil Sitka there was a scene where a half a dozen reporters each ask a question of Leon Errol. Errol did not like the timing of the scene and wanted all the questions asked by Sitka. ("Films in Review" June/July 1990) See more »

Connections

Follows Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946) See more »

User Reviews

 
Joe is a bit dim in this one!
13 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many of the Joe Palooka films from Monogram Pictures are posted on YouTube currently. So far, I've seen the first and second film, though the third is not available. This fourth installment is called "Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad" and features Joe going blind in the first few minutes of the movie!!

After his latest fight, Joe's vision vanishes. The doctor says this is due to damage from a concussion...a pretty common thing considering boxers are bashing each other in the head all the time! Following surgery, Joe is told not to box for at least a year in order to allow his body to heal and so Knobby decides to use his energy to coach another boxer in the interim. Naturally, problems result after Joe announces his retirement...and it's up to Joe to save the day by returning to the ring. Oh, and oddly, Joe and Knobby never even mentioned his eye problems in regard to all this!

I am glad this is only a movie, as the plot is insane. Imagine going back to boxing after losing your vision! Still, it is a decent installment of the series and worth seeing.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting Mad See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed