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Palooka

1934

Palooka is a 1934 comedy film based on the comic strip by Ham Fisher. 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 Nina Madero (Lupe Velez). The film also stars William Cagney, the younger brother of actor James Cagney.


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

Plot summary

Joe Palooka (Stuart Erwin) is a naive young man whose father Pete (Robert Armstrong (actor)) was a champion Boxing, 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 Nina Madero (Lupe Vélez). The film also stars William Cagney, the younger brother of actor James Cagney.

Differences from comic strip


Cast

  • Jimmy Durante as Knobby Walsh / Junior
  • Lupe Vélez as Nina Madero
  • Stuart Erwin as Joe Palooka
  • Marjorie Rambeau as Mayme Palooka
  • Robert Armstrong (actor) 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

Production

The film was the second movie Edward Small made under an agreement with United Artists.</>
  • Jimmy Durante - "M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World To Me" (Music by Theodore Morse, lyrics by Howard Johnson (lyricist))
  • "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)




  • Category:1934 films
    Category:1930s comedy films
    Category:American films
    Category:American comedy films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:Films directed by Benjamin Stoloff

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