Joe Palooka made his movie debut in Palooka (1934) with Stuart Erwin in the title role, Jimmy Durante as Knobby, Lupe Velez as Nina Madero, and Marjorie Rambeau as Mayme Palooka. Now in the public domain, the film can be seen online. Palooka was followed by a series of nine two-reel Vitaphone shorts (1936–37) starring Robert Norton as Joe and Shemp Howard as Knobby.
He returned to feature-length films in 1946, when Monogram Pictures launched a series of 11 low-budget films starring Joe Kirkwood, Jr. as Joe, Leon Errol as Knobby and Elyse Knox as Ann Howe. The first in the series was Joe Palooka, Champ (1946); the series ended 1951, with Joe Palooka in Triple Cross.
JOE PALOOKA COLLECTION:
PALOOKA - 1934 - JIMMY DURANTE - LUPE VELEZ - STUART ERWIN ***
GENTLEMEN JOE PALOOKA - 1946 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN THE BIG FIGHT - 1949 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN THE COUNTER PUNCH - 1949 ***
JOE PALOOKA CHAMP - 1946 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN FIGHTING MAD - 1948 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN WINNER TAKE ALL - 1948 ***
JOE PALOOKA MEETS HUMPHREY - 1950 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN HUMPHREY TAKES A CHANCE - 1950 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN THE SQUARED CIRCLE - 1950 ***
JOE PALOOKA IN TRIPLE CROSS - 1951 ***
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