Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The first of several Our Gang comedies built around the manly art of self-defense, The Champeen finds Gang member "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison in desperate need of a dollar to pay for some apples he's swiped from the local grocer. Capitalizing on the feud between Mickey Daniels and Jackie Davis over the affections of little Mary Kornman, Sammy stages a championship bout in his backyard, advertising the combatants as "Knockout Mickey, the Irish Giant" and "Terribul Jackie, the Bone Crusher." The climactic fight is one of the best sequences in the entire Our Gang canon, filled to overflowing with clever gags and ingenious camera angles. As a bonus, chubby series stalwart Joe Cobb makes his first appearance, as an enthusiastic spectator. The silent, two-reel The Champeen was originally released on January 28, 1923.