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Palooka (1934)



Palooka

(1934)

89 minutes

Comedy

Directed by Benjamin Stoloff

Cast:

Jimmy Durante as Knobby Walsh
Lupe Velez as Nina Madero
Stu Erwin as Joe Palooka
Marjorie Rambeau as Mayme Palooka
Robert Armstrong as Pete Palooka
Mary Carlisle as Anne Howe
William Cagney as Al McSwatt
Thelma Todd as Trixie
Franklyn Ardell as Doc Wise
Tom Dugan as Whitey
Louise Beavers as Crystal
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones as Smokey

The story centers on Joe Palooka, the son of a boxing champ who abandoned his family once achieving fame.  Joe was raised by his mother on a farm and far away from the loose lifestyle his father has taken up.  Discovered by fight manager Knobby Walsh, Joe is signed to fight the champ as an easy opponent for Al McSwatt.  Joe beats the champ when McSwatt shows up for the fight drunk and also wins over McSwatt’s girlfriend.  Joe takes up the lifestyle his father once did, due to the influence of his new girlfriend, and also wins more fights, due to set-ups by Knobby.  Joe ends up facing reality when a rematch fight with McSwatt is signed.  This film was based on the popular comic strip by Ham Fisher.





Directors:
Actors: Robert Armstrong, Louise Beavers, Jimmy Durante, Stu Erwin, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones, Lupe Velez
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Matinee Classics - Palooka starring Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stu Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau, Robert Armstrong, Mary Carlisle, William Cagney, Thelma Todd, Franklyn Ardell, Tom Dugan, Louise Beavers and Fred 'Snowflake' Toones


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