The Knockout

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  • TV-G
  • 1914
  • 30 min
  • 5.7  (1,440)

The Knockout is a classic silent comedy film from 1914, directed by Mack Sennett and starring a trio of comedic legends - Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Edgar Kennedy, and Charles Chaplin. The film is a slapstick comedy that follows a meek and mild-mannered young man named Luke Shannon (played by Arbuckle) who dreams of becoming a boxing champion. However, he is constantly bullied and belittled by his overbearing wife (played by Minta Durfee) and her disapproving father (played by Al St. John).

Despite his lack of athletic prowess, Luke is given the opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion of the world, Bob Uppercut (played by Kennedy), in a charity match. With the help of his friend and trainer, the mischievous Tramp (played by Chaplin), Luke begins a rigorous training regimen in preparation for the big fight.

As the day of the match approaches, Luke's confidence begins to waver as he is haunted by nightmares and plagued by self-doubt. Meanwhile, Tramp has his own problems to contend with, as he is pursued by a beautiful young woman (played by actress and Sennett Bathing Beauty, Alice Davenport) who is determined to marry him.

On the day of the fight, Luke enters the ring with trepidation, only to find that his opponent is much stronger and more experienced than he had anticipated. The two men engage in a brutal and comical boxing match, with Tramp cheering from the sidelines and offering questionable advice.

In the end, Luke emerges victorious, having discovered an inner strength and resilience that he never knew he possessed. Tramp, meanwhile, manages to escape the clutches of his determined suitor and runs off into the sunset.

The Knockout is a quintessential example of vintage slapstick comedy, featuring some of the most beloved and talented comedians of the silent era. The film combines physical humor, exaggerated characterizations, and frenzied action, resulting in a hilarious and entertaining spectacle that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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    30 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (1,440)