The Prize Fighter (1979)

PG   |    |  Comedy

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A mobster tricks an ex-boxer and his manager to take part in a series of (fixed) fights as part of a scheme to get his hands on an old boxing gym.

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21 February 2018 | bkoganbing
| ...........and in this corner
Tim Conway and Don Knotts team up for a 20s/30s period piece about the boxing game. Conway and Knotts are working as corner men when we first meet them and making a holy hash out of it. It was no better when Conway was the fighter and Knotts the manager. Conway had a perfect record as he points out. Zero wins, 20 loses and all 20 by knockout.

Conway is the funniest boxer since Lou Costello stepped in the squared circle in Abbott&Costello Meet The Invisible Man. Conway has one thing going for him if you believe, a right hand with the power of Jack Dempsey. He just never got a chance to throw it.

Anyway gangster Robin Clarke gets them involved in a scheme to take over David Wayne's gym by giving Conway the Primo Carnera buildup until he gets a crack at champ Michael LaGuardia's title. Wayne is really stealing points from what Burgess Meredith did in the Rocky series.

Conway and Knotts worked well together and as solo performers. As a team they were a lot like Laurel&Hardy with Conway the dumb one who knows it and Knotts the dumb one who thinks he's a genius. This film is a great example of their team dynamic.

I like them both separate and apart and fans of both will like The Prize Fighter.

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