Shock Punch (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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This romance was based on a magazine serial by the talented John Monk Saunders. Dan Savage (Theodore Babcock) prepares his son, Randall (Richard Dix), to fight in the business world by having him trained as a pugilist. Randall shows a flare for fisticuffs, so he is taken to the Ironworkers Ball to try out his infamous "shock punch." He knocks out Bull Mularkey (Walter Long), who is working on a high rise being built by Jim Clark (Percy Moore). Randall falls in love with Clark's daughter, Dorothy (Frances Howard), and gets a job on her father's construction project. While working, he discovers a plot, led by Mularkey, to delay the construction long enough to ruin Clark, who has invested his whole fortune on the project. With the help of his friend, Giuseppi (Paul Panzer), Randall foils Mularkey's scheme and gets the iron work done in the allotted amount of time. And, of course, he wins the girl. In real life, producer Sam Goldwyn won Frances Howard -- she married him a month before this picture was released.

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alienation, construction, fighter, sweetheart