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Joe Palooka, Champ Details


In this first entry in the pugilistic comedy series based on Ham Fishers long-running comic strip, Joe Palooka is seen before his boxing career took off. The story begins as he is discovered by Knobby Walsh, a keen-eyed manager. As Knobby trains Joe, gangsters intervene and attempt to insure that the young fighter takes a dive. When a wealthy socialite sees the handsome boxer she ignores the vast class differences and falls in love with him. The film features cameo appearances by real life boxing greats Joe Louis, Manuel Ortiz, Ceferino Garcia and Henry Armstrong. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Leon Errol
as Knobby Walsh
Elyse Knox
as Anne
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Florini
Joe Sawyer
as Lefty
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Eugene
Sam McDaniel
as Smoky
Robert Kent
as Brewster
Sarah Padden
as Mom Palooka
Michael Mark
as Pop Palooka
Lou Nova
as Al Costa
Alexander Laszlo
as Aladar
Carolyn Hughes
as Mrs. Van Praag
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Stafford
Philip Van Zandt
as Freddie Wells
Joe Louis
as Himself
Henry Armstrong
as Himself
Joe Louis
as Himself


Reginald Le Borg
Cy Raker Endfield
Ben Kline
Alexander Laszlo
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Kay
Musical Direction/Supervision