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The Prize Fighter

   

The Prize Fighter (1979), co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

buy The Prize Fighter from Amazon.com The Prize Fighter is a very funny, very sweet comedy.  Set in depression-era America, Tim Conway stars as Bags Collins who has a perfect record as a boxer – twenty fights, twenty knockouts—and twenty losses.  His manager, Shakes, is the ‘brains’ of the team, played by Don Knotts.  However, his luck starts to change, and Bags starts to win against other ‘loser’ boxers and eventually gets a shot at the title in his weight category.  Unfortunately, this is when they find out that the fight has been rigged, and that Bags is expected to throw the fight, or face the wrath of the mob…

A wonderful movie with the boxing scenes being truly great slapstick.  Don Knotts and Tim Conway effectively play their characters from The Apple Dumpling Gang here, transplanted to the 1930’s, and are a wonderful comedy team.  A very funny movie, which isn’t surprising since Tim Conway wrote it as well as co-starring in it.

Cast of characters

  • Tim Conway … Bags
  • Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show, The Incredible Mr. Limpet) … Shake
  • David Wayne (The Andromeda Strain, Adams Rib) … Pop Morgan
  • Robin Clarke … Mike
  • Cisse Cameron (Billy Jack) … Polly
  • Mary Ellen O’Neill … Mama
  • Michael LaGuardia (Total Recall) … The Butcher
  • George Nutting … Timmy
  • Irwin Keyes (The Flintstones) … Flower
  • John Myhers (1776) … Doyle

Trivia

  • The scene in which Don Knotts’ character, Shake, cracks five eggs into a glass on top of a refrigerator is a spoof of the egg cracking scene in Rocky. In Rocky (1976), Rocky Balboa cracks five eggs into a glass on top of a refrigerator. During the process, he is constantly sniffing and exhaling. In this scene, Don Knotts also constantly sniffs and exhales, but does so in a very exaggerated and comedic fashion.
  • Bags Collins’ boxing record before coming out of retirement was 0-20. All of his losses were by KO.

Updated January 20, 2022

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