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Joe Palooka in the Big Fight

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Director  Cy Endfield
Language  English
5.4/10 IMDb

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Release date  1949
Writer  Stanley Prager (story), Cy Endfield (additional dialogue), Ham Fisher (characters)

Joe Palooka in the Big Fight is a 1949 comedy film directed by Cy Endfield, based on the comic strip by Ham Fisher. It is an entry in Monogram's low-budget, high-grossing Joe Palooka series.

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Plot

Joe is framed by gamblers who hope to fix the outcome of an upcoming boxing match. When Joe manages to clear his name, the gamblers frame the scrupulously honest boxer with murder. On the run from the law, Joe is forced to turn gumshoe and solve the murder himself—and he'd better hurry if he's going to get to the Big Fight on time.

Cast

  • Knobby - Leon Errol
  • Joe Palooka - Joe Kirkwood, Jr.
  • Tom Conway - David Bruce
  • Maxine Harlan - Lina Romay
  • Louie - George O'Hanlon
  • Anne Howe - Virginia Welles
  • Grady - Greg McClure
  • Dr. Benson - Taylor Holmes
  • Mike - Ian Macdonald
  • Talmadge - Lou Lubin
  • Pee Wee - Bert Conway
  • Lt. Muldoon - Lyle Talbot
  • Fight Secretary - Benny Baker
  • Canvas - Eddie Gribbon
  • Scranton - Jack Roper
  • Wardrobe Woman - Frances Osborne
  • Commissioner L.R. Harris - Harry Hayden
  • Detective Williams - Frank Fenton
  • Contest Announcer - George Fisher
  • Frank T. Macy, Fight Manager - Ned Glass
  • Fight Promoter - Dick Elliott
  • First Referee - John Indrisano
  • Romero's Manager - Harry Tyler
  • Mr. Howe - Paul Maxey
  • Detective Burns - Dewey Robinson
  • Critical reception

    TV Guide noted a "better-than-average "Joe Palooka" film...Making the most of realistic dialog, director Cyril Endfield moves the film along at a nice pace while holding together a number of plot lines. Surprisingly, there isn't much boxing footage in this one.

    References

    Joe Palooka in the Big Fight Wikipedia
    Joe Palooka in the Big Fight IMDb


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