Promotional poster for the film.
|Directed by||Benjamin Stoloff|
|Produced by||Edward Small
Harry M. Goetz
|Written by||Ham Fisher (comic strip)
Jack Jevne (screenplay)
Arthur Kober (screenplay)
Gertrude Purcell (screenplay)
Murray Roth (additional dialogue)
Ben Ryan (additional dialogue)
|Edited by||Grant Whytock|
Reliance Picture Corporation
|Distributed by||United Artists
Astor Pictures(1941 rerelease)
|Release dates||26 January 1934|
|Running time||86 minutes
65 minutes (re-release in USA)
Palooka is a 1934 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.
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 Vélez). The film also stars William Cagney, the younger brother of actor James Cagney.
Differences from comic strip
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- 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
- "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)
- Prize Ring Comedy Goes Into Work at Early Date at U.A. The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C] 28 May 1933: S5.
- Noted Funster Goes Composer By Scant Nose The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C] 10 Dec 1933: A2.
- "Track Search: Inka Dinka Doo". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- Palooka at the Internet Movie Database
- Palooka is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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