Sign in. Blinded by the Light star Viveik Kalra reveals who he'd like to share a slow dance with on screen. Watch now. Title: Joe Palooka, Champ Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt. In the second film of Monogram's Joe Palooka series, Joe is 'used', by two state senators scheming to obtain oil-rich lands, in a publicity campaign to get the land transferred to the state
In Ham Fisher, a young sports reporter, met a boxer named Pete Latzo outside a poolroom. As he later recalled: "Here, made to order, was the comic strip character I had been looking for - a big, good-natured prize fighter who didn't like to fight; a defender of little guys; a gentle knight. I ran back to the office, drew a set of strips and rushed to the newspaper syndicates. His breakthrough finally came whilst working as a salesman for the McNaught Syndicate hawking the newly launched Dixie Dugan.
Joe Palooka started life as a comic strip about a heavyweight boxing champion and was created by the cartoonist Ham Fisher in The word 'palooka' was in use at the time and meant a boxer with little style or ability. It took nine years and many rejections before the strip was finally syndicated to 20 newspapers, debuting on April 19, The strip became extremely popular and spawned a radio series, 12 feature-length films, 9 film shorts and a television series along with various items of merchandising.
Previously, the introduction , part two , part three , and part four of our story. Then he did an unprecedented thing. He enlisted his hero and his strip in the cause of democracy on the eve of the Second World War.