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Director  Benjamin Stoloff
Producer  Edward Small
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Music
Cinematography  Arthur Edeson
Language  English
Palooka (film) movie poster
Writer  Ham Fisher, Jack Jevne, Arthur Kober, Gertrude Purcell, Murray Roth, Ben Ryan
Release date  January 26, 1934 (1934-01-26)
Cast  Jimmy Durante (Knobby Walsh), Lupe Vélez (Nina Madero), Stuart Erwin (Joe Palooka), Marjorie Rambeau (Mayme Palooka), Thelma Todd (Trixie), Robert Armstrong (Pete Palooka)
Similar movies  Jimmy Durante appears in Palooka and Strictly Dynamite

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Palooka is a 1934 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Benjamin Stoloff starring Jimmy Durante and based on the comic strip by Ham Fisher. The movie was adapted by Jack Jevne, Arthur Kober, Gertrude Purcell, Murray Roth and Ben Ryan from the comic strip. The film is also known as The Great Schnozzle in the United Kingdom.


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Plot summary

Joe Palooka (Stuart Erwin) is a naive young man whose father Pete (Robert Armstrong) was a champion boxer, but his lifestyle caused Joe's mother Mayme (Marjorie Rambeau) to leave him and to take young Joe to the country to raise him. But when a shady boxing manager (Jimmy Durante) discovers Joe's natural boxing talent, Joe decides to follow him to the big city, where he becomes a champion and begins to follow his father's path of debauchery, much of it including the glamorous cabaret singer and fortune hunter Nina Madero (Lupe Vélez). The film also stars William Cagney, the younger brother of actor James Cagney in the role of the adversary prize fighter to Knobby. Finally his mother comes to the city to look after things ...


  • Jimmy Durante as Knobby Walsh / Junior
  • Lupe Vélez as Nina Madero
  • Stuart Erwin as Joe Palooka
  • Marjorie Rambeau as Mayme Palooka
  • Robert Armstrong as Pete 'Goodtime' Palooka
  • Mary Carlisle as Anne
  • Thelma Todd as Trixie
  • Gus Arnheim as Orchestra Bandleader
  • Franklyn Ardell as Doc Wise
  • Tom Dugan as Whitey, Joe's Trainer
  • Louise Beavers as Crystal – Mayme's Housekeeper
  • Fred 'Snowflake' Toones as Smokey
  • William Cagney, brother of James Cagney as Al McSwatt
  • Rolfe Sedan as Alphonse
  • Production

    The film was the second movie Edward Small made under an agreement with United Artists. Small bought the rights to the song "Inka Dinka Doo" specifically for the movie.


  • "The Band Played On" (Music by Chas. B. Ward, lyrics by John F. Palmer)
  • Lupe Vélez - "Like Me a Little Bit Less (Love Me a Little Bit More)" (Music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Harold Adamson)
  • Jimmy Durante - "Inka Dinka Doo" (Written by Jimmy Durante and Ben Ryan)
  • Jimmy Durante - "M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World To Me" (Music by Theodore Morse, lyrics by Howard Johnson)
  • "Count Your Blessings" (Written by Irving Caesar, Ferde Grofé Sr. and Edgar A. Guest)
  • "Palooka, It's a Grand Old Name" (Music by Joseph Burke, lyrics by Ann Ronell)
  • References

    Palooka (film) Wikipedia
    Palooka (film) IMDb Palooka (film)