Skipalong Rosenbloom (1951)

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Former boxing champ Maxie Rosenbloom plays a lampooned variation of Hopalong Cassidy, with all the standard western cliches in evidence. “Skipalong” Rosenbloom is depicted as the star of a heavily commercialized TV kiddie show, presided over by a smarmy announcer. The plot proper finds “Skipalong” at odds with western bad guy Butcher Baer, played by Rosenbloom’s onetime ring opponent Max Baer.

Director: Sam Newfield.
Writers: Eddie Forman & Dean Riesner (screenplay), Eddie Forman (story).
Stars: Maxie Rosenbloom, Max Baer, Jackie Coogan, Fuzzy Knight, Hillary Brooke, Jacqueline Fontaine, Raymond Hatton, Ray Walker, Al Shaw, Sam Lee, Joseph J. Greene, Dewey Robinson, Whitey Haupt, Carl Mathews, Artie Ortego.

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  1. Patrick Trimble
    February 25, 2021
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    There is something so naive and sophmoric about this low budget parody of a B western, that is becomes rather appealing to watch. It is like viewing a Jerry Lewis film where you begin to wonder is there no joke too silly or obvious that the filmmakers will not stoop to use? Absolutely formless farce that almost works as each supporting player–each a veteran scene-stealer in their own way–try to over-emote and upstage one another. But the slapstick center is Maxie Rosenbloom himself who seems to be unable to even walk across a set. properly. It is a character he did in all of his screen appearances & for a juvenile audience, it probably worked. Thanks Jon for finding this rare & unique “gem.”

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