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Palooka is a 1934 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Benjamin Stoloff based off the comic strip by Ham Fisher.


Joe Palooka is a naive young man whose father Pete was a champion boxer, but his lifestyle caused Joe's mother Mayme to leave him and to take young Joe to the country to raise him. But when a shady boxing manager 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 and fortune hunter Nina Madero. Finally his mother comes to the city to look after things ...


  • 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
  • Louise Beavers as Crystal
  • Fred 'Snowflake' Toones as Smokey
  • William Cagney as Al McSwatt
  • Rolfe Sedan as Alphonse