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Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance (1950)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 4 June 1950 (USA)
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

Writers:

Ham Fisher (characters), Jeff Anjan (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Errol ... Knobby Walsh
Joe Kirkwood Jr. ... Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
Robert Coogan ... Humphrey Pennyworth
Lois Collier ... Anne Howe Palooka
Gil Lamb ... Martin
Tom Neal ... Gordon Rogers
Jack Kirkwood Jack Kirkwood ... Phiffeney
Mary Margaret Robinson ... Mary (as Mary Happy)
Andrew Tombes ... Sheriff Grogan
Iris Adrian ... Miss Tuttle
Chester Conklin ... Prentice
Hank Mann ... Hiram
Clarence Hennecke Clarence Hennecke ... Zeke
Heinie Conklin ... Pete
Tim Ryan Tim Ryan ... Bentley
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Storyline

The Square Deal Boxing Corporation (crooked as a snake's hind leg), through Gordon Rogers, tries to make a deal with Knobby Walsh whereby it will own thirty percent of the contract with Heavyweight Champion Joe Palooka Knobby refuses, saying even in West Wokkington Falls he could stage a record bout. He only mentions the town because that is where he is going with Joe and his wife, Anne Howe Palooka, to visit their friend Humphrey Pennyworth. Rogers assumes Walsh is going to stage a bout between Palooka and Pennyworth and hastens to block it. Rogers tricks Pennyworth into signing with him for a bout and then arranges for the crooked town mayor, Phiffeny, and his cousins who run the town to erect a fight stadium. Knobby tells Humphrey that the only way to get out of his contract is a recall election replacing the present town officials with honest ones. Humphrey, the most-liked citizen agrees to run for mayor. At a campaign picnic, a child actress hired by Rogers rushes up to the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

HILARIOUS HUMPHREY! He's worth his weight in LAUGHS (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humphrey Takes a Chance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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