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6/10
Not that bad.
23 January 2020
My parents' taste in films they took me to as a kid was quite questionable. Yes, at age 4 I went with them to see "Rosemary's Baby". At 6, "Start the Revolution Without Me". And, at age 7, "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" and Woody Allen's "Bananas". No wonder I am a weirdo today.

I decided tonight to watch "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" as I can only recall tiny bits and pieces of the film...such as the mobster's wife starting his car each morning. After all, my parents loved the movie....and I have no idea if they were right or wrong about this one.

The first thing that struck me when I began watching was the very interesting cast. With the likes of Robert De Niro, Jerry Orbach, Jo Van Fleet, Lionel Stander and, of all people, Hervé Villechaize (who is badly dubbed) it certainly isn't a typical movie!

So is this story of two rival mobs fighting each other any good? At times, yes...as watching the idiot gangsters killing themselves when they try to make hits is kind of funny...like in "The Ladykillers". And, while the film isn't the rollicking comedy that they intended it to be, there was enough enjoyable about it to make it a worthwhile time-passer.
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Dr. Socrates (1935)
8/10
Dr. Cardwell sees Red!
23 January 2020
Dr. Lee Cardwell (Paul Muni) is in a huge funk. After losing his girlfriend while he was performing surgery on her, he's been depressed and out of work. Life for him in a new small town isn't very satisfying either, as all the locals see Dr. Ginder. However, over time, folks start seeing Cardwell and among these new patients is a real doozy....the wanted criminal Red Bastian! Now it is NOT because Cardwell wanted to treat the guy...but given a choice of refusing and dying or treating him, Cardwell chose the obvious path. The problem now is that Bastian LIKES and trusts Cardwell, and it's likely he'll be back to provide him more business whether he wants it or not!

The biggest reason to watch this film is for Barton MacLane. His Red Bastian performance is great...and he was wonderful in thug roles. Additionally, the script is clever and the ending well worth seeing...well worth seeing.
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Black Fury (1935)
6/10
Enjoyable and well made...but I cannot see what folks saw in Muni's performance.
22 January 2020
Paul Muni was one of the most acclaimed and respected actors of his era...so much so that he nearly won the Oscar for Best Actor...as a write-in candidate! And, I must admit that when Muni is on, he's great. But occasionally I see a performance and wonder why it was so beloved...such as his over-the-top Eastern European-American, Joe Radek, in "Black Fury". Now I am not saying it's a bad film...just his performance.

As for the story, it's an interesting tale of both a union and management being manipulated into striking....and Joe is an unwitting dupe in the process. But, being a decent sort of guy at heart, he does what anyone would do in this situation...blow up the mine! Well, at least that's the crazy message you get in this picture!

Overall, an engaging and interesting film with many flaws...including its leading man's performance and the crazy vigilante message it promotes. A genuinely odd but entertaining picture.
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9/10
Rich in money...absolutely bankrupt in values.
22 January 2020
"The World Changes" is a saga that is intended to teach a lesson on morality and the worthlessness of relying solely on worldly possessions. It begins in the 1850s in the Dakotas and follows Orin Nordholm (Paul Muni) from life on a small farm to immense wealth. Along the way, he marries a woman who is well-bred and haughty....and unfortunately, she passed this haughtiness down to her children and grandchildren. As a result of this and Orin's constant work striking it rich, the family is eventually worthless and without any sort of values.

The story is obviously a morality play...and a darned good one. In fact, about six months later, the film's message was very much copied in Mary Pickford's last film, "Secrets"....though "The World Changes" is significantly better and still packs a powerful punch today. Well acted, well written and never dull, this one is well worth seeing....even if Orin's mother somehow lives to be at least 100+ and with the body and mind of a 70 year-old. See the film...you'll see what I mean.
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Raton Pass (1951)
8/10
I think he'd have been better off marrying a horse!
22 January 2020
When the story begins, Ann (Patricia Neal) arrives in town. The son of one of the two local land barons, Marc Challon (Dennis Morgan), falls for her and they are soon married. To celebrate the nuptials, Marc's father gives him and Ann the entire ranch. This sounds like a great idea...but it isn't. Soon Ann shows that she's got a heart of stone and she insists on taking her half! This will soon create all sorts of problems...and some unanticipated, as Ann's new foreman (Steve Cochran) is a complete sociopath and he's at least as awful as she is!

The biggest plus about this film is that is original. Sure, evil boss westerns where someone is trying to take over the range are a dime a dozen...but one with such a cut-throat woman is very unusual. Worth seeing.
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7/10
A neat idea....less than perfect execution.
22 January 2020
"The Terminal Man" is a story taken from a Michael Crichton novel....and like Michael Crichton stories it's heavy on the medical/scientific aspects. This isn't surprising since he was a Harvard-trained doctor.

The story is about a man with a very strange seizure disorder. Instead of going into typical grand mal or petit mal seizures, Harry (George Segal) has outbursts of violence...with no recollection of any of this afterwards. The story is about his receiving an experimental surgery...one that intends to suppress this need for violence and replace it with positive feelings Unfortunately, the surgery goes desperately wrong and now Harry NEEDS violence....and he goes on a rampage.

The basic story is excellent. Much of this is because of the moral implications of such psychosurgery. Unfortunately, the way it's handled isn't great. The hospital and, in fact, all the film is monochromatic. All the usual colors seem to be missing and the black & white feel of the movie made viewing somewhat tedious. Also tedious was the lack of emotion throughout the film....with too many characters being too quiet considering the material. An infusion of color and energy would have taken this from a very good movie to an exceptional one.
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Dark Star (1974)
3/10
Slow and super-cheap but not without some value.
22 January 2020
"Dark Star" is not a film for everyone, that's for sure. It's a very early film from famed director John Carpenter...and it was done, in part, as a student film. As such, it's very rough...very cheap...and not at all cinematic. But for Carpenter purists or someone wanting to see something very different, it's worth a look. Just be forewarned...it's glacially slow at times.

The film about a ship called 'Dark Star'. It's mission is never 100% clear but it seems that it's supposed to go throughout the galaxy blowing up planets. Why? I have no idea. They are now 20 years into the mission and the men appear to be losing their minds in the process. To make it worse, everything on the ship starts to go wrong...and much is just breaking due to age.

Slow, slow and slower....this film is so incredibly cheap and tough to watch. I would say more...but I am too bored by it all to go on.
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5/10
Not especially funny.
22 January 2020
"Mr. Smith Wakes Up" is one of the earliest sound films made in the UK. Although sound films came out in 1927 in the States, they were a bit later in other countries...with the first British ones coming out about the same time as this film. And, the film has surprisingly good sound considering this.

The star of this film is a guy I've seen many times before...though he looks nothing like he did in later sound films. Moore Marriott specialized in playing a much older man than he really was and was in quite a few films with the Crazy Gang as well as Will Hay....famous British comics whose work is still enjoyable today. Here, Marriott plays a henpecked husband who has finally had enough!

The plot to this short film is simple. Mrs. Smith and her daughter (Elsa Lanchester) are waiting for Mr. Smith to return home from work. Normally, Mr. Smith is a mouse who is easily dominated by his pushy wife. However, today he's had enough. He's lost his job and he's had enough...and he soon explodes at the nagging wife.

The problem with this film is that it just isn't funny. It's more a historical curio...and not much more.
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7/10
A cute little comedy short.
22 January 2020
"Object Not Matrimony" is a short film from Al Christie's Educaitonal Pictures...a studio that made comedies during the 1930s. It stars Ernest Truex, a guy who starred or co-starred in quite a few films...though I had no idea he had made comedy shorts.

When the story begins, Ernest's wife has been out of town visiting her mother for some time. With the wife gone, he's let the house go to pot and so the wife suggests he arranges to have a housekeeper come to take care of him until she returns. By mistake, instead of going to the right place, Ernest accidentally goes to a matrimonial agency and throughout the film he has no idea that his new cook THINKS she is his new wife!

One of the funniest lines in the short might offend some. When asked what he's looking for in a woman, Ernest says he really doesn't care as long as she can cook. He then says he'd "like a colored one" (as many housekeepers of this era were black). It's funny...and surprised me. In addition, there are several cute scenes between him and his new 'bride'. Well worth seeing.
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4/10
Shouldn't a comedy be funny?
22 January 2020
When the story begins, Mr. Ruff (James Gleason) is trying to teach Ham-Hand (Harry Gribbon) how to box...though Ham-Hand seems pretty hopeless. Soon an old pal arrives. This pal, inexplicably, says he's miserable now that he's rich....and it's all because his wife is trying too hard to fit in with high society. So, he invites the pair to come to his house for a society party and naturally problems ensue. Once folks realize the pair are NOT high class but boxers, they surprisingly do NOT throw them out but stage a boxing match with the butler. Ham-Hand is awful and the only reason the fight is close at all is because Ruff is a cheater.

The main problem with this comedy short is that it's so short on comedy. There are very few laughs though it's not terrible...just not all that funny, though the actors give it their best.
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4/10
There are better films about the same material that are better made.
22 January 2020
Tonight I watched a collection of sex educational films from the 1950s-60s and they were on a DVD entitled "Sex Dos and Don'ts" by Alpha Video. "Your Body During Adolescence" is about puberty and the changes your body undergoes at that time as well as how these rates vary from individuals. They used some very simplified drawings to illustrate the changes and basic sex ed...though other films such as "Human Reproduction" did it much better and used more lifelike models and drawings. Overall, a film that won't make you cringe but one that also is stilted and could have been a lot better.
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4/10
Taking the plunge.
22 January 2020
"Beginning to Date" was probably a moderately helpful instructional video but when seen today it seems very quaint and silly. The film is less about sex and more about boys and girls as they begin to consider dating. It reviews the dos and don't of how to ask for a date, how to talk to a girl or boy over the phone and what to say when your date arrives. Much of it is helpful but a few of the 'rules' seem silly--such as that you MUST introduce the date to your parents instead of the other way around. The best thing about the film isn't necessarily their advice but that it probably helped to spur on class discussions when it was shown.

If you are curious to see it, look for the DVD "Sex Dos and Don'ts" by Alpha Video.
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How to Say No (1951)
6/10
Actually, pretty well made for the era.
22 January 2020
"How to Say No" is a classroom training film intended to be shown to high school students in order to stimulate discussions about moral dilemmas most teens face. Instead of a dull narrator, students themselves talk about the problems and act them out for the camera. Most of it has to do with peer pressure--being pushed to do something you really don't want to do or which you know isn't good for you. Examples in the film included drinking, smoking and petting.

The bottom line is that although this may look a bit hokey today, for its day it was pretty well made and worthwhile...unlike many of the old educational videos. And, if you want to see it, it's included on a DVD entitled "Sex Dos and Don'ts" by Alpha Video.
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6/10
"Dad...where do babies come from?"
22 January 2020
"Human Reproduction" is a no-nonsense film about sex designed for sex ed classes back in the day. It's filled with diagrams and models and is very accurate. The only problem is that it is dry as dust due to the narration.

The film does a good job of covering the material BUT it also has a lot of facts and terms...perhaps too many. I am pretty sure it was intended to be used along with classroom lecture and as such, this black & white film does its job.

If you care to see it, the film is on the DVD called "Sex Dos and Don'ts" from Alpha Video.
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4/10
About as much to fun to watch as surgery...and a great example of a good film ruined by bad direction.
22 January 2020
"No Blade of Grass" is a difficult movie to watch. It's depressing beyond belief, graphic and even includes a rape*. It is NOT for the squeamish or someone looking to enjoy what they are watching!

The story is a near future sci-fi film about the apocalypse. Pollution and mismanagement of the planet has resulted in plagues and food shortages...and in some cases cannibalism. In a few cases, such as China, to alleviate the shortages, the government has been wiping out millions in the hopes that others will survive. Eventually, much of the world degenerates into anarchy...with the strongest and most ruthless surviving. In the midst of this is an English family that is trying to make its way to family living in the Scottish wilderness. And, along the way, their morals vanish and it's all about survival at almost all costs.

The idea behind all this is creepy and hard to watch. It is, despite this, an interesting and thought-provoking picture. But it also suffers from one huge problem...bad direction by Cornel Wilde. The actor just seemed to suffer from excessive edits (which were often sloppy and nonsensical) as well as a need to focus on the gross...such as rotting animal carcasses and naked females who had been assaulted. It made me feel a tiny bit dirty watching it. It also featured folks behaving incredibly irrationally at times--very nonsensical such as during the biker gang attack....NONE of that made any sense.

Overall, a chilling picture that is handled somewhat ham-fistedly. For a much better sort of thing, try PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO with Ray Milland.

*Reportedly, one of the victims was played by an underage actress...and this was just awful and unnecessary.
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Demon Seed (1977)
8/10
Utterly ridiculous...but pretty cool as well.
21 January 2020
While the ending of this film will no doubt irritate most, the film itself is a strange, trippy experience...one I am glad I took. But it certainly is an odd film....and one that is utterly ridiculous when you think about it. So, my advice is to watch it and just don't think!

The film is about a super computer named Proteus. It's more advanced than anything before it and it differs from other computers because it longs to achieve consciousness. And, to do so, it kidnaps its creator's wife and forces itself on it. Its aim is to create the first human-computer hybrid...one that will enable Proteus to interact with the real world as a humanoid.

While the plot is very simple, the filmmakers managed to make it all seem so possible...a sign of good sci-fi. I must warn you, however, that the film is quite disturbing--especially as it torments and ultimately forces itself on the woman. Strange, indeed, but very well made.
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Night Spot (1938)
6/10
Quick and enjoyable.
21 January 2020
During the 1930s and 40s, the double-feature was very common in movie theaters...so much so that an industry making these second features sprang up...both within the major studios as well as the tiny so-called 'Poverty Row' studios who only made these films. The term B-movie was coined to indicate that this was the B or lesser features, though this didn't necessarily mean that the films were bad...though that is more or less the connotation today.

In the case of "Night Spot", it's a B-movie made by one of the major studios, albeit a second-tier major. RKO did a good job with this one...managing to cram a lot of story into one hour as well as making a pretty watchable film.

A local nightclub is apparently being used as a cover by mobsters. So the police arrange to have two musicians go to work there and the men are actually cops. Their job includes not only keeping an eye out for irregularities but also investigating Miss Dexter. She's an alibi for the mob boss....and the police aren't sure if she's lying for him or not. Can the cops manage to get the goods on these evil doers? And, is Miss Dexter among them?

The story is told well...and quite economically since it's a B. While it has many of the usual story lines and conventions, it manages to do them very well and it's quite entertaining as well.
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5/10
Not just a new Knobby but a new Anne as well in this final installment in the Monogram series.
21 January 2020
By the time the final installment of the Joe Palooka series debuted here with "Joe Palooka in Triple Cross", the series had seen better days. What's worse, it also saw a lot of cast changes...something that is never good. In the last film, Leon Errol was replaces as Knobby Walsh and here James Gleason returns in this role. Additionally, Anne is now played by another actress who looks little like the original (her hair is even a different color)...which is odd since she's supposed to be Joe's wife! Clearly the series had seen better days.

When the story begins, some desperate characters are evading the police and one is dressed as a lady in order to fool people. After all, they are looking for three guys who are murderers. Not surprisingly, Joe, Knobby and Anne pick up these three strangers and are taken prisoner. Much of this works, but when the killers are about to kill the trio, things get hard to believe. Instead of killing them, Knobby suggests they hold them and then let Joe fight in his next fight...and they'll give the killers the $100,000 purse. While this sounds illogical, it only gets worse through the course of the movie. I'd say more but I don't want to spoil the picture.

The bottom line is that this one is watchable but the series clearly had seen better days. Cast changes and plot problems make this a sad finale to a decent film series. Fortunately, although very strange, the finale does end well...which is why I could at least score the film a 5....meaning it's a decent time-passer.
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7/10
A return to form.
21 January 2020
Although Ham Fisher did create the character Humphrey Pennyworth and introduced him to the Joe Palooka comic strip, I did not at all like it when they introduced Humphrey into the later Monogram films. Their Joe Palooka series was mostly enjoyable but the quality slipped dramatically when Humphrey entered the pictures. Here in "Joe Palooka in The Squared Circle", Humphrey is back. Uggh. Fortunately, he's used very sparingly and is not a main character like he was in the prior two films.

The character of Knobby Walsh was generally played by Leon Errol. Oddly, in the middle of the series, William Frawley played the character once. Now in the last two film, Knobby is played by James Gleason. I thought initially it was because Errol died in 1951 and was probably too sick to play Knobby in these final films. However, Errol was able to make eight shorts which came out AFTER the last two Palooka films...so I really have no idea why he wasn't in the final films in the series.

When the story starts, Joe witness a couple hitmen making a hit in the middle of the wilderness. Joe is nearly killed by them and quickly reports this to the authorities...which makes sense. What does NOT make sense is that no one seems to believe him when they cannot find the body! This makes little sense as Joe is a famous American and there is no rational reason for him to lie...and their not believing him is a bad cliche!

What follows is a film where, once again, gangsters are trying to throw the fight as well as the plot about the hitmen. Both are modestly entertaining and end with a very nice fight sequence...one of the better and more realistic ones in the series. Overall, a fun and entertaining installment in the series.
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2/10
"When I'm hungry, I can't think of much else"
21 January 2020
In the previous film in the series, "Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey", the series clearly had jumped the shark with the addition of the new character, Humphrey. Humphrey was essentially a cartoon character come to life....a giant of a man who constantly eats, is really annoying and is completely ill-suited to the boxing series. Here in "Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance", the series decided to bring back Humphrey yet again...ample proof that the series had jumped the shark and would not be returning to its former glory...at least for a while.

What does 'jump the shark' mean? Well, it refers to when a movie or TV series has peaked and in a desperate attempt to revive the moribund series, they introduce some insane characters or situations that just seem ill-conceived and bizarre. A few examples would include bringing Cousin Oliver to "The Brady Bunch" and having the Fonz jump a tank of sharks on his motorcycle on "Happy Days"...and which initially spurred folks to coin the term 'jump the shark'.

When the movie begins, some mobsters are trying to horn in on Joe and Knobby...demanding 30% of the gate in order to allow him the privilege of boxing! Naturally, Knobby refuses and so the mobsters decide to try to create their own champion, as they only want to do business with other crooks.

When Joe, Anne and Knobby are driving to see their friend, Humphrey, they are arrested by a crooked cop. It turns out that the town where Humphrey lives is run by crooks....and a family of crooks at that. Well, the mobsters want to arrange a fight in this tiny town between Humphrey and Joe (even though clearly Humphrey is at least 100 pounds heavier and as big as an ox)...and somehow in all this, Humphrey ends up running for mayor in order to drive the crooks out of town.

There are a couple interesting aspects to this otherwise bad film. Monogram brought back many of the old Keystone Kops (famous in shorts during the 1910s with Keystone Studios). Additionally, unlike most previous films (which began with Knobby narrating some flashback), Joe himself introduces the story. But apart from this, the film is just bad, as silly situations and characters seem far more important than being true to the story. No better than the previous installment...and hopefully the series got back on track in subsequent films.
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2/10
Has the Joe Palooka series jumped the shark with "Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey"?
21 January 2020
When I began watching "Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey" I seriously wondered whether the series jumped the shark with this film. To 'jump the shark' means that a TV show or movie series has finally peaked and the producers introduce some insane or ill-fitting plot devices or characters in a desperate attempt to revive things. Here, evidence of such a jump is that it begins with Joe finally marrying his fiance, Anne, as well as the introduction of a goofy character, Humphrey.

On their way to their honeymoon, Joe and Anne have a peculiar (and unrealistic) traffic accident. A huge man named Humphrey helps them and fixes the car...and then insists on coming along on the honeymoon just to be sure the car will function perfectly. Does this make any sense? No...especially when Humphrey is essentially a cartoon character in human form. He rides his pedal car as fast as a car, CONSTANTLY eats and looks like he's wearing a wig...and he's NOT a welcome addition to the series.

So is this and the rest of the film any good? Not especially. The emphasis here is on cartoon-like laughs and having Humphrey AND Knobby tag along for the honeymoon is just ridiculous. Also ridiculous is Knobby and the locals CONSTANTLY trying to interrupt the honeymoon in order to arrange a fight a week into the honeymoon!! And, the fight ended up being between Joe and the giant, Humphrey!! So, it safely can be said that yes, the series was jumping the shark with "Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey" as the plot simply was unimportant and plot devices were! The emphasis in purely on humor and plot just didn't seem to matter in the least. Did it ever regain its original quality and degree of realism in subsequent films? I'll just have to see them to find out for myself.

By the way, the clerk in the hotel is played by Joe Besser. Besser is best known for his annoying little boy act which he did repeatedly on "The Abbott & Costello Show" as well as his brief stint as one of the Three Stooges (probably the worst and most ill-suited replacement for Shemp and Curly).
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The F.B.I.: Crisis Ground (1968)
Season 3, Episode 16
4/10
Not among the better episodes in the series.
21 January 2020
"Crisis Ground" concerns a crime you would not normally associate with the duties of the FBI. However, the killing apparently occurred on US government land, so investigating it falls into the lap of the Bureau.

The story begins with a young punk-like guy spending time in town...and generally making a nuisance of himself. After groping a waitress in a bar, the woman is found dead...and the townsfolk automatically assume the punk did it. Now many of the locals are sporting for a fight with residents of Camp New Start....a halfway house where the punk lives. The big problem is that although he's a jerk, this man DIDN'T kill the waitress...and the locals are developing a mob mentality. Can Erskine and the FBI solve this before things get out of hand?

This is a fair episode...only fair. This is because the show just seemed unrealistic to me. Folks became so angry and so violent so quickly...it just didn't make a lot of sense. I really think some subtlety would have helped a lot! This one lacks this and believability.

By the way, Robert Drivas played the accused punk. I wondered why I hadn't seen him on TV in several decades and checked his IMDB bio. Apparently he died of AIDS back in the mid-1980s. What a loss.
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The F.B.I.: Act of Violence (1968)
Season 3, Episode 15
7/10
A killer with a heart of gold?
21 January 2020
Several years ago, a soldier went AWOL...or so most people thought. However, at the beginning of "Act of Violence", the body is discovered...and there's a bullet hole in the skull of the body. What happened to this soldier AND how will its discovery set off a chain of events that leads to more murders?

This is a decent episode of "The FBI" and stars a very young Burt Reynolds as a Cosa Nostra killer and Diana Muldaur as a potential new victim. Nothing especially brilliant here...just entertaining and worth seeing.
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4/10
Why was Anne so nasty in this one? I have no idea...and it sure didn't help the story.
21 January 2020
One thing I hate in series films is when characters behave inconsistently. An example were the Blondie films of the 1940s. In a few, Blondie just seemed inexplicably nasty--accusing poor Dagwood of being unfaithful and treating him like dirt throughout the film...even though he was a very loving husband. Well, the same problem occurs here in "Joe Palooka in The Counterpunch". While Anne has been Joe's love interest from the beginning, here she is uncharacteristically nasty...so much so that it's obvious the writers were either lazy or using second-rate material.

The story begins with Knobby arranging a fight between Joe and an apparently punch-drunk Latin American champ. This means they'll have to cruise down to fight in the opponent's neck of the woods. And so, most of the film takes place on this cruise ship. One plot involves Anne seeing Joe grabbing a woman. She thinks he's being unfaithful...but Joe was just grabbing her to prevent her from falling. Throughout most of the rest of the film, Anne is nasty and goes to work as a newspaper reporter covering the case!! Does this make sense? Of course not. The other plot involves crime...with Joe and Knobby helping authorities capture folks in a counterfeiting ring.

In addition to Anne behaving oddly in the film, it's also quite unusual because so little of the movie is actually about boxing. It's more like a typical B-mystery set on the high seas than a boxing picture. This isn't necessarily a complaint...but I am pretty sure some viewers were left baffled by all this. As for me, I didn't mind the mystery...but I really minded Anne's nastiness as it showed little consistency or loyalty towards the character. As a result, it felt like a second-rate installment of the series. Worth seeing if you've seen the previous films but otherwise not one of the more distinguished movies in the series.

By the way, at the big fight at the end of the film the referee must have been drunk, as the Latin American boxer punched Joe 10 seconds AFTER the round ended and delivered many illegal blows. Realism, I guess, wasn't a major concern here.
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7/10
One set up after another after another...
21 January 2020
In this installment in the Joe Palooka boxing series from Monogram, Joe's the subject of many dirty tricks. FIrst, a guy comes to the guy pretending to be a down and out fighter needing the money by sparring with Joe...and after whispering to Joe to 'take it easy', he knocks the champ down with a sucker punch...and lots of folks with cameras are on hand to photograph it. Soon, all sorts of people are pushing to have this guy take on Joe in his next fight. Eventually, when the two are matched up, all sorts of dirty tricks take place....and it's obvious some sort of organized crime is afoot in order to control the outcome of the fight. Using a bad B-movie cliche, Joe escapes police custody after he's found with a corpse--and he and Knobby seek out who is behind all this and why. What follows is a lot of punching.

While the plot is a bit hard to believe, it is interesting and enjoyable to watch. After all, it is different and viewers don't want to just see Joe box! Worth seeing and nice to see Leon Errol back playing Knobby, as for some odd reason, William Frawley played him in the previous film.
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