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Palooka

Released Jan 26, 1934 1h 26m Comedy List
Reviews 33% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Comic-strip fight manager Knobby Walsh (Jimmy Durante) puts rural Joe Palooka (Stuart Erwin) in the ring. Read More Read Less

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic One other waste of celluloid that has been made pleasant by an unspoiled character... A prizefight story not quite able to contain Mr. James (Schnozzle) Durante, who is lovely too, though I doubt he ever would admit it. Jan 22, 2024 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair Jimmie Durante and Lupe Velez give all they've got to this one. Durante fans will go crazy over it; those who get tired of him after the first hour will like it somewhat less. Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Pure cheese despite Durante. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review christopher c. m I think from 1929 to 1960 Hollywood movies were required by law to have at least one musical number whether it fit the tone of the movie or not. Jimmy Durante is always a win. He was very good in the part he would play a lot in his career, the funny con man. But there are some annoying characters and like most of the movie between 1929 - 1970, it drags. It mainly drags in the middle, but not enough to ruin it. And it was a time you would not expect to see any nudity but there was a blink and you miss it topless picture. But it was a postcard from Fiji and they were black. I guess natives were excluded from the moral outrage of nipples in the thirties? I don't know, but it's there. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review kevin w It's a fish out of water tale as a simple country boy tries out life in the big city by becoming a prize fighter. Light dialogue moves this baby right along (except for that Jimmy Durante begins to irritate after a bit ... and that's a lot cause it's basically his movie!) and the characterizations seem as fresh as today. Durante performs his standard for which he was well known, "Ink-A-Dink-A-Doo" song as well. Not bad at all. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member fuinny depression era high jinx Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This is an oldie and goody Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Comic-strip fight manager Knobby Walsh (Jimmy Durante) puts rural Joe Palooka (Stuart Erwin) in the ring.
Director
Benjamin Stoloff
Production Co
Edward Small Productions
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 26, 1934, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
Runtime
1h 26m
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