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The Prize Fighter (1979)

PG | | Comedy | November 1979 (USA)
A mobster tricks an ex-boxer and his manager to take part in a series of (fixed) fights as part of a scheme to get his hands on an old boxing gym.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Conway ... Bags
Don Knotts ... Shake
David Wayne ... Pop Morgan
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... Mike
Cisse Cameron ... Polly
Mary Ellen O'Neill Mary Ellen O'Neill ... Mama
Michael LaGuardia Michael LaGuardia ... The Butcher
George Nutting George Nutting ... Timmy
Irwin Keyes ... Flower
John Myhers John Myhers ... Doyle
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Towel Man
Joan Benedict Steiger Joan Benedict Steiger ... Dori (as Joan Benedict)
Merle G. Cain Merle G. Cain ... Bumper
Holly Conover Holly Conover ... Judy
Alfred E. Covington Alfred E. Covington ... Ring Announcer


A mobster tricks an ex-boxer and his manager to take part in a series of (fixed) fights as part of a scheme to get his hands on an old boxing gym.

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Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knock-out tyrmääjät See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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The scene in which Don Knotts' character, Shake, cracks five eggs into a glass on top of a refrigerator is a spoof of the egg cracking scene in Rocky. In Rocky (1976), Rocky Balboa cracks five eggs into a glass on top of a refrigerator. During the process, he is constantly sniffing and exhaling. In this scene, Don Knotts also constantly sniffs and exhales, but does so in a very exaggerated and comedic fashion. See more »


Lyrics and Music by Peter Matz
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...........and in this corner
21 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tim Conway and Don Knotts team up for a 20s/30s period piece about the boxing game. Conway and Knotts are working as corner men when we first meet them and making a holy hash out of it. It was no better when Conway was the fighter and Knotts the manager. Conway had a perfect record as he points out. Zero wins, 20 loses and all 20 by knockout.

Conway is the funniest boxer since Lou Costello stepped in the squared circle in Abbott&Costello Meet The Invisible Man. Conway has one thing going for him if you believe, a right hand with the power of Jack Dempsey. He just never got a chance to throw it.

Anyway gangster Robin Clarke gets them involved in a scheme to take over David Wayne's gym by giving Conway the Primo Carnera buildup until he gets a crack at champ Michael LaGuardia's title. Wayne is really stealing points from what Burgess Meredith did in the Rocky series.

Conway and Knotts worked well together and as solo performers. As a team they were a lot like Laurel&Hardy with Conway the dumb one who knows it and Knotts the dumb one who thinks he's a genius. This film is a great example of their team dynamic.

I like them both separate and apart and fans of both will like The Prize Fighter.

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