Joe Palooka, Champ

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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
Joe Kirkwood Jr.
as Joe Palooka
Elyse Knox
as Anne Howe
Robert Kent
as Brewster
Sarah Padden
as Mom Palooka
Michael Mark
as Pop Palooka
Lou Nova
as Al Costa
Carole Donne
as Mrs. Oberlander
Carol Hughes
as Mrs. Van Praag
Carolyn Hughes
as Mrs. Van Praag
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Stafford
Philip Van Zandt
as Freddie Wells
Joe Louis
as Himself
Manuel Ortiz
as Himself
Jack Roper
as Himself
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