Okay, I got plenty of lead time on this one—this Saturday (October 10) at approximately 9:38am EDT (just after Chapter 12 of Dick Tracy [1937-“The Trail of the Spider”] and before the 10:00am showing of Golden Boy ) Turner Classic Movies will run another rare short in Hal Roach’s Boy Friends series, The Knockout (1932). The description of it at the TCM schedule is as follows: “Mickey Daniels is a college freshman who injures the school’s star boxer and must take his place in the tournament.” It was directed by Lloyd French and Robert A. McGowan (under his nom de mise en scene, Anthony Mack) and co-stars the usual suspects: Mary Kornman, Grady Sutton, Julie Bishop (as Jacqueline Wells) and future director Gordon Douglas. (Director French was responsible for some first-rate comedy two-reelers, many of which featured Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, Shemp Howard and Bob Hope.)
I haven’t seen this one, so I can’t offer the effusive praise that has been poured forth by several of the wags at the IMDb—I did, however, get the opportunity to see Mama Loves Papa (1931) the prior Saturday and found myself frequently doubled over with laughter, particularly when Ms. Kornman was onscreen (making some of the goofiest faces it has been my pleasure to witness). Hal Erickson jogged my memory over at Facebook when he mentioned that this gem was originally telecast on American Movie Classics about a decade ago when they had their (comedy) Film Preservation Festival. How I wish I had saved some of those films I recorded—especially the delightful Thelma Todd-Patsy Kelly outing All-American Toothache (1936)…which also featured Boy Friend Mickey Daniels!