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Jack Roper

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Cast (feature film)

The Harder They Fall (1956) as Fighter
A cynical press agent exposes inhuman conditions in the boxing game.
The Quiet Man (1952) as Boxer
An Irish ex-boxer retires to Ireland and searches for the proper wife.
Stop That Cab (1951) as
The Admiral Was a Lady (1950) as Opponent
The Jackpot (1950) as Moving man
Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.
Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) as Guard
Two zany wrestling promoters join the French Foreign Legion by mistake.
Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle (1950) as Gunsell
Joe is witness to a mob killing. Two of the killers are after him. He is drugged before the big fight which is watched on TV by his manager Knobby and the thugs who are holding Knobby hostage.
Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949) as Scranton
Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad (1948) as Waldo
Joe Palooka goes blind during a fight. An operation restores his vision, but he's told not to fight for a year. His trainer Knobby has picked up another fighter, but gangsters are pressing him to fix fights. Joe decides to risk his eyesight to save Knobby's honor.
In This Corner (1948) as Champ
Killer McCoy (1947) as Fighter
A lightweight boxer gets mixed up in murder.
The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) as Radio station attendant
Two bandleaders rise to the top then split up the act over sibling rivalry.
Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946) as Sparring partner
Joe Palooka, Champ (1946) as
Manager Knobby Walsh discovers young hunk Joe Palooka and trains him to fight the champ. Mobsters try to make life tough for Joe and his socialite girlfriend Anne. Cameos by several boxing stars.
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) as Palooka
A shy milkman gets into boxing when he turns out to have a killer punch.
Mom and Dad (1945) as School coach
Because a high school girl's parents refuse to discuss sex education (called "personal hygiene" in the film) with her, she gets pregnant by her boyfriend, who conveniently dies. Her parents are blamed, and the local sex education teacher uses this opportunity to show a film showing the dangers (and results) of VD and the birth of a baby.
Dakota (1945) as Bouncer
In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli (Vera Ralston), daughter of Marko Poli (Hugo Haas), an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender (Ward Bond) and Bigtree Collins (Mike Mazurki), who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire...trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce (Walter Brennan), an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin (Grant Withers) and Carp (Paul Fix), board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams with the wheat farmers against the Bender gang. Several attempts are made on his life and Collins tries to frame him for murder.
That's the Spirit (1945) as Ticket taker
Swing Fever (1944) as "Sledgehammer" [Carson]
A bandleader with hypnotic powers tries to train a boxer.
No Time for Love (1943) as Sandhog
A sophisticated reporter hires the construction worker she accidentally got fired.
Jack London (1943) as Victor
Episodes in the novelist's life: In 1890, young Jack London quits a cannery job to try oyster piracy. Later, he signs on for a sealing voyage, tries Yukon prospecting and a brief university career, loving and leaving women along the way. Instead of riches, he gets story ideas. Suddenly, he finds success and a delectable lady; but the urge to adventure won't let him go.
Hi' Ya, Chum (1943) as Mug
Footlight Serenade (1942) as Kid Corcoran
Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout.
Shepherd of the Ozarks (1942) as Henchman
Gentleman Jim (1942) as Donaldson
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
Jail House Blues (1942) as Prisoner
Broadway Big Shot (1942) as Nipper
Mutiny in the Arctic (1941) as Sailor
North from the Lone Star (1941) as "Rawhide" Fenton
Kirby is taking over Deadwood and his next victim is Wilson. But Wild Bill arrives just in time to foil Kirby's plan. Kirby makes Bill the town Marshal and Bill arrests Wilson when he shoots one of Kirby's men. It looks like Bill is on Kirby's side until he shuts down Kirby's saloon. This calls for a showdown and Bill and Cannonball go off to face Kirby and his gang,
Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (1941) as Squint
In the Navy (1941) as Sailor
A famous radio crooner secretly enlists in the Navy and tries to keep his identity a secret.
Man at Large (1941) as Doorman
G-Man Bob Grayson (George Reeves) is working hand in hand with a British Intelligence agent to uncover an espionage plot, who is posing as an escaped Nazi agent. Reporter Dallas Davis (Marjorie Weaver) mistakes Grayson for a nazi-sympathizer and manages to mess up the works before she learns the truth. She and Grayson join forces to save the agent.
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) as Truck driver
A filmmaker tries to sell a script about con artists taking on the Russian millionaires of Mexico.
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) as Mug
High society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles run into a variety of shady characters while investigating a race-track murder.
Angels over Broadway (1940) as Eddie Burns
A playwright persuades a con artist to help an embezzler go straight.
Heroes of the Saddle (1940) as 'Killer' McCully
Montana Bill Bell (Kermit Maynard), a friend of the Three Mesquiteers, Stony Brooke (Robert Livingston), Rusty Joslin (Raymond Hatton) and Rico Renaldo (Duncan Renaldo), is killed in a rodeo accident and the trio reluctantly places his young daughter Peggy (Patsy Lee Parsons) in an orphanage while they earn enough money to qualify for her adoptation. Visiting the orphanage, they discover that Peggy's foot has been injured in an accident. The superintendent, Melloney (Byron Foulger), silences Peggy when she attempts to tell them about it. Despite their suspicions they agree to raise the $400 needed for special treatment required for Peggy's injury. To raise the money, Stony boxes four rounds in an exhibition with "Killer" McCully (Jack Roper) and succeeds in knocking him out. Taking the money to the orphanage, the Mesquiteers are impressed when they find that Melloney has stretched his budget and purchased the equipment already. They are unaware that Melloney and associate J. D. Crone (William Ruhl) did so to keep attention from being focused on the home, as they are exploiting the kids and taking funds alloted to running the orphanage. When Stony sees a small boy being bullied by an attendant, he hears enough to convince him that a child-labor sweatshop is being run in the basement. In the garb of a "Masked Rider", and with the aid of Rusty, Rico and nurse Ruth Miller (Loretta Weaver), the job of rescuing the children and convicting the crooks begins.
West of Carson City (1940) as Larkin
When a gold strike turns a ghost town into a boom town, Gorman arrives to open his crooked gambling hall and Judge Harkins arrives to bring law and order. Jim Bannister is aiding the Judge by bringing in Gorman's outlaws and to lure Jim into a trap, Gorman's men kidnap the Judge and his daughter for bait.
Wall Street Cowboy (1939) as Ducky
Molybdenum is a hard, gray metallic element used to toughen alloy steels and soften tungsten alloy. It is also used in fertilizers, dyes and enamels. Well, anyway, Roy's ranch is full of the stuff and an evil Wall Street syndicate wants to foreclose on the ranch when Roy has trouble making his mortgage payment.
Unmarried (1939) as Spider
One Hour to Live (1939) as Referee
Invitation to Happiness (1939) as Scat
Trainer Pop Hardy thinks his heavyweight boxer 'King' Cole could be champ...some day; he wants to sell a half interest in Cole to his rich friend Wayne. Wayne's daughter Eleanor is disdainful, but brash Cole manages to get under her skin. Can a society dame and a mug find happiness together? And can she wait for his slow rise to fame?
Pardon Our Nerve (1939) as Fighter
The Kid from Kokomo (1939) as Fighter
A fight manager decides his client needs a family for publicity purposes.
Secrets of a Nurse (1938) as Montana
When battered prize-fighter Lee Burke (Dick Foran) is taken to the West Side hospital, nurse Katherine MacDonald (Helen Mack) leaves her romantically-inclined patient, wealthy attorney John Dodge (Edmund Lowe) to take care of Burke. She discovers that Burke was doped by his handler, Churchill (George McKay), on instructions from gambler Joe Largo (Leon Ames) so the latter can win a $5000 bet from Burke's manager Slice Cavanaugh (Paul Hurst.) Largo orders henchman Larry Carson (Horace MacMahon) to bump off Churchill to keep him from talking. Katherine talks Burke into quitting the ring and Dodge belittles the ex-boxer by getting him a job as a bellhop. Cavanaugh, desperate for money, calls Burke yellow and when Burke happens upon the scene where another Largo henchman, Smiley (Paul Fix), has killed the manager, Burke is tried for the murder.
The Crowd Roars (1938) as Himself
A fighter''''s hard-drinking father gets his son mixed up with the underworld.
The Devil's Party (1938) as Double
The Perfect Specimen (1937) as Chloroform Conley
A wealthy woman tries to keep her grandson secluded only to have him stolen by an ambitious lady reporter.
The Duke Steps Out (1929) as Poison Kerrigan
A millionaire's son wants to be a champion boxer, but takes time out to enroll in college when he falls in love.
The Red Mark (1928) as Bombiste

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Footlight Serenade (1942) as Victor Mature's boxing coach
Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout.

Cast (short)

Captain Kidd's Treasure (1938)
In this short film, a promoter attempts to sell a man the idea of searching for Captain Kidd''''s buried treasure, claiming he has the original map.
Fisticuffs (1938)
This specialty short showcases former heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer with various sparring partners in the ring.

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