Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle (1950)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Joe Kirkwood Jr. once more plays Ham Fisher's comic-strip creation Joe Palooka. This time around, Joe's faithful girl Ann Howe is essayed by Lois Hall, while James Gleason replaces Leon Errol in the role of Joe's manager Knobby Walsh. The story gets under way when soft-hearted pugilist Palooka witnesses a gangland rubout. Joe is all for testifying, but the police can do nothing: the body has disappeared, and all evidence has been destroyed. Even so, Joe publicly identifies the killers, leading to any number of perilous situations. The climax borrows heavily from the 1944 thriller Murder My Sweet, with a doped-up Joe suffering hallucinations in the boxing ring. Joe's pal Humphrey Pennyworth is played by Robert Coogan, a little chubbier than he was when last we saw him in Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey.

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criminal, assassination, boxing, capture, conflict, crown, false-accusation, gangster, help, imprisonment, investigation, justice, killing, manager, missing-person, murder, on-the-run, police, secrets, sports, witness