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Fighting Fools (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 17 March 1949 (USA)
The gang teams up with a fighter to break up a fight-fixing racket.


Reginald Le Borg


Bert Lawrence (original screenplay), Gerald Schnitzer (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Sach
Gabriel Dell ... Gabe Moreno
Frankie Darro ... Johnny Higgins
Lyle Talbot ... Blinky Harris
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Benny Bartlett ... Butch
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Dynamite Carson, the Champ
Evelyn Eaton Evelyn Eaton ... Bunny Talbot (as Evelynn Eaton)
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie
Teddy Infuhr Teddy Infuhr ... Boomer Higgins
Ben Welden ... Lefty Conlin
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Higgins
Sam Hayes Sam Hayes ... Bill Rader, Sportscaster


The gang teams up with a fighter to break up a fight-fixing racket.

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Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 March 1949 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The thirteenth of forty-eight Bowery Boys movies. See more »


Sach: Never mind about his face, lady, you don't even have a face until you put it on in the morning.
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Followed by Hot Shots (1956) See more »

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Not bad...surprisingly
17 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have watched a few Bowry Boys films here or there, but I am hardly someone you would call a fan. For every decent one of their films I've seen, I've probably seen two others that were rather poor. But I do have to give them credit where credit's due, as "Fighting Fools" is actually pretty good. Sure, it has a bunch of boxing clichés but the overall effort is very watchable.

Slip and the gang are horrified when one of their friends is beaten to death in a boxing match. They promise to try to help the guy's mother and little brother and so they stage a boxing match, on the level, to raise money for them. At the same time, Slip announces that the dead guy's brother, Johnny (Frankie Darro), will come out of retirement and he'll eventually be battling for the title. Considering he never asked Johnny, this IS a rather bold announcement. Eventually, however, he convinces Johnny and Johnny's mother and Slip and the gang manage the fighter. However, a evil jerk and his 'associates' are determined to control the fight industry and are not above cheating to hang on to the ill-gotten title.

Slip and the gang are exactly what you'd expect in the film...though (fortunately) a bit restrained. The acting aside from them is good and the story, while familiar, is well handled. Entertaining and a nice time-passer.

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