The Champ's a Chump (1936)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 20 June 1936 (USA)
As a ploy to sign a championship college boxer to a contract, Big Boy enrolls in the college the youth is attending.


Sam White


Ewart Adamson (original screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Spike
Gertrude Messinger ... Gertie (as Gertie Messinger)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Russ
Harley Wood ... Pat
Tex Brodus Tex Brodus ... Junior (as Richard 'Tex' Brodus)
Louis Prima ... Band Leader Louis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Wyler Dan Wyler ... Student (as Don Wyler)


This Columbia semi-musical two-reeler features "Big Boy" Williams (Spike) as a professional prizefighter who enrolls as a college freshman with the intent of signing the school boxing champion to a professional contract with Spike as his manager. Written by Les Adams <>

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One long round of laughs! [One-sheet poster]


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20 June 1936 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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A breezy boxing comedy
25 December 2018 | by abbazabakyleman-98834See all my reviews

This short eventually gave birth to the Glove Slingers comedies that Columbia later produced from 1939-43. Guinn "Big Boy" Williams is the star of this enjoyable short as a struggling fight promoter who enrolls into the college as a way to sign a young man into a contract.

There's a bunch of comic scenes, including Williams punching everyone in sight and a wacky fight in the boxing ring, as well as a musical number from Louis Prima and his orchestra. He would later appear in the Glove Slingers short Pleased to Mitt You.

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