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Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch Details


Joe Palooka, comic strip artist Ham Fisher's golden-hearted pugilist, heads South of the Border in The Counterpunch. Actually, Joe (Joe Kirkwood Jr.) goes no further than Monogram's cramped "ocean liner" standing set, but the audience doesn't really mind. The plot concerns a gang of counterfeiters, one of whom is murdered en route to Latin America. Everyone is a suspect, including Joe and his manager Knobby Walsh (played by comedian Leon Errol, who certainly deserves his top billing). When the treasury agent in charge of the case has trouble determining the culprit's identity, Joe uses his pugilistic prowess to solve the mystery. Elyse Knox, the real-life wife of football player Tom Harmon, is cast as Joe's sweetheart Ann Howe. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Leon Errol
as Knobby Walsh
Elyse Knox
as Anne Howe
Sheila Ryan
as Myra
Frank Sully
as Looie
Ian Wolfe
as Prof. Lilliquist
Walter Sande
as Austin
Douglas Dumbrille
as Capt. Lance
Eddie Gribbon
as Canvasback
Douglas Fowley
as Thurston
Ralph Graves
as Dr. Colman
Martin Garralaga
as Announcer
Roland DuPree
as Bell boy
John Hart
as Pedro
John Indrisano
as Referee
Joe Herrera
as Referee


Reginald Le Borg
Cy Raker Endfield
William Sickner
Edward Kay
Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Kay
Composer (Music Score)