Joe Palooka in Winner Take All (1948)

64 mins | Comedy-drama | 19 September 1948

Director:

Reginald LeBorg

Writer:

Stanley Rubin

Producer:

Hal E. Chester

Cinematographer:

William Sickner

Production Designer:

David Milton

Production Company:

Monogram Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was A Joe Named Palooka . Some contemporary reviews list the title as Winner Take All . For additional information on the "Joe Palooka" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Joe Palooka, Champ ... More Less

The working title for this film was A Joe Named Palooka . Some contemporary reviews list the title as Winner Take All . For additional information on the "Joe Palooka" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Joe Palooka, Champ . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Aug 1948.
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Daily Variety
20 Aug 48
p. 4.
Film Daily
26 Aug 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 48
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 48
p. 6.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Aug 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 May 48
p. 4174.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Aug 48
p. 4290.
Variety
25 Aug 48
p. 8.
CAST
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Asst dir
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Assoc prod
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Addl dial
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Supv film ed
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LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Joe Palooka" created by Ham Fisher, distributed by McNaught Syndicate (1928--1984).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
A Joe Named Palooka
Winner Take All
Release Date:
19 September 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 17 September 1948
Production Date:
early April 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 September 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1951
Duration(in mins):
64
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
13200
SYNOPSIS

Joe Palooka, champion prizefighter, is scheduled for a benefit match when his manager, Knobby Walsh, abruptly withdraws him from the fight. Knobby has received a letter from Greg Tanner and his girl Millie, threatening Anne Howe, Joe's sweetheart, in an attempt to lower the odds on Joe's next title fight. To maintain Joe's champion reputation, Knobby takes him on a cross-country boxing tour accompanied by Tommy Malone, the younger brother of Joe's war buddy, George. Although Tanner and his gang set up a sure win competitor for Joe on tour, the champ triumphs, causing a furious Tanner to lose his bets. For Tommy's birthday, Joe and Anne plan a surprise party to coincide with George's homecoming from overseas. George's plane turns up missing, however, delaying Joe and Anne, who miss Tommy's party altogether. Angered over their unexplained absence, Tommy takes up with Tanner and agrees to be part of a phony kidnapping scheme to shake up Joe in his next bout. Later Tommy discovers George is safe and realizes that his brother's return was Joe and Anne's surprise. Tommy flees from Tanner and shows up at the arena in time for Joe's next fight, and his arrival spurs the champ on to ... +


Joe Palooka, champion prizefighter, is scheduled for a benefit match when his manager, Knobby Walsh, abruptly withdraws him from the fight. Knobby has received a letter from Greg Tanner and his girl Millie, threatening Anne Howe, Joe's sweetheart, in an attempt to lower the odds on Joe's next title fight. To maintain Joe's champion reputation, Knobby takes him on a cross-country boxing tour accompanied by Tommy Malone, the younger brother of Joe's war buddy, George. Although Tanner and his gang set up a sure win competitor for Joe on tour, the champ triumphs, causing a furious Tanner to lose his bets. For Tommy's birthday, Joe and Anne plan a surprise party to coincide with George's homecoming from overseas. George's plane turns up missing, however, delaying Joe and Anne, who miss Tommy's party altogether. Angered over their unexplained absence, Tommy takes up with Tanner and agrees to be part of a phony kidnapping scheme to shake up Joe in his next bout. Later Tommy discovers George is safe and realizes that his brother's return was Joe and Anne's surprise. Tommy flees from Tanner and shows up at the arena in time for Joe's next fight, and his arrival spurs the champ on to victory. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Boxing


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Legend
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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