Joe Palooka in Triple Cross, like its predecessors, was based on Ham Fisher's comic strip Joe Palooka. This time around, soft-hearted boxer Joe Palooka (Joe Kirkwood Jr.), his wife Ann (Cathy Downs) and his manager Knobby Walsh (James Gleason) are kidnapped by a trio of goofy escaped convicts. One of the crooks decides to cash in on Joe's ring prowess by ordering the pugilist to throw a fight, thereby allowing the baddies to collect a huge sum at the betting booth. A surefire indication that this isn't supposed to be taken seriously is the scene wherein the head kidnapper (John Emery) disguises himself as Ann's spinster aunt. Joe Palooka in Triple Cross hit the screens at the same time that the earliest Palooka films were beginning to sprout up on television. Ring announcer Jimmy Wallington makes a last-reel appearance as himself.
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