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BOWERY BLITZKRIEG (1941) and UPPERCUTS (1926)
BOWERY BLITZKRIEG (1941)
and UPPERCUTS (1926)
BOWERY BLITZKRIEG starring Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall and Ernie Morrison. Danny is training to become a boxer, but quits when he gets mixed up with gangsters. Because of a rumor started by one of the crooks, Danny and Mugs become bitter enemies and Mugs takes Danny's place training for the Golden Gloves. On the night of the big fight, Danny is in the hospital after being wounded in a shoot-out with the police and Mugs, his real friend after all, comes to his rescue. Charlotte Henry (Bo Peep from Laurel and Hardy's BABES IN TOYLAND) appears as Danny's sister. This is the first Eastside Kids appearance of Huntz Hall, whose character here is called "Limpy". While our DVD transfer is excellent, there is some evidence of minor wear and splices from the original source material.
UPPERCUTS starring Jack Duffy. A silent Christie comedy. The anti-prize fight club needs a new president. Jack and his rival, Hiram Prune, decide to settle things once and for all with (what else?) a prize fight! Jack recruits his butler, James, to throw the punches. James has fighting experience since he lives with his wife AND mother in law. His opponent is Battling Bittsky (half brother of Two Bittsky). When things start looking bad for James, a riot ensues. The police chase Jack all over town as he uses a bicycle, a truck and his wits to get away! Things get a little warm for him when he hides in an outdoor incinerator! This is a very funny film with good production values, plenty of laughs and action! Very few of the comedies produced by Al Christie survive, but this film is a terrific example!
Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Ernie Morrison and Jack Duffy