12 October 2012 | MartinHafer
Not to be mistaken for "Rocky" or "Raging Bull"!
I would love to sit down with a group of Mexican-Americans to see this film. That's because Armida's dialog and acting seem right from the Frito Bandito school of acting and I'd love to watch the reactions on this audience in order to see them looking on in horror! Yes, her acting is THAT silly. However, despite being a second-rate Lupe Valez wannabee, her shtick was also quite entertaining. Bad, but entertaining.
The film begins with Lita (Armida) singing in a Mexican night club. Soon, her brother (Antonio Caruso) arrives from America and announces he's a prize fighter. She is at first furious (and she is through MOST of the movie) but then relents when she sees he has no trouble 'knocking peeeple down', as she puts it. They both come to America together where they find it relatively easy moving up in the boxing rankings--mostly because EVERYONE you see fight other than Caruso appears to be LESS talented in boxing than either Wally Cox or Billy Barty! In fact, I have never seen a boxing film with such horrible boxers in all my life and Armida would have probably been more convincing in the ring. Oddly, of all the no-talent 'fighters', the worst clearly was Jerry (Terry Frost)--who is supposed to be the champion!! Eventually, the brother, 'Okay Baby' Valez is going to meet the Champ in the ring--which is a problem as Lita is now head-over-heels for Jerry and she can't stand to see either of them lose. Throw into this mix a BAD girl (Veda Ann Borg) and you've got the makings of a clichéd and often very silly film. However, despite being bad, it also is oddly likable. I don't really know why, but the film did keep my interest to the end and so it couldn't be 100% bad! By the way, although Caruso got rather low billing, he was one of the stars in the film. Also, you might recognize him as 'Bela Oxmyx' from the "A Piece of the Action"--one of the funnier episodes of the original "Star Trek" series. Also, fans of Laurel & Hardy would also be happy to know that Edgar Kennedy is in the film, and he's pretty good in his role as a boxing promoter.