The Leather Pushers (1922)

A series of six two-reel episodes, each individually titled: #1: Let's Go (1922); #2: Round Two (1922); #3: Payment Through the Nose (1922); #4: A Fool and His Honey (1922); #5: The Taming of the Shrewd (1922); #6: Whipsawed.


Edward Laemmle


H.C. Witwer


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Credited cast:
Reginald Denny ... Kane Halliday / Kid Roberts
Billy Sullivan Billy Sullivan ... Kid Roberts (Fourth Series)
Hayden Stevenson ... Joe Murphy - Fight Manager
Sam J. Ryan ... Dummy Carney (First Series) (as Sam Ryan)
Charles Ascot Charles Ascot ... Tin Ear Fagan (as Charlie Ascott)
Sam McVey Sam McVey ... Roberts' Trainer
Helen Toombs Helen Toombs ... Irene Gresham - Halliday's Fiancée (as Helen Tombs)
Brian Darley Brian Darley ... J. Howard Gresham - Irene's Father
Warren Cook Warren Cook ... John Halliday - Kane's Father
Doreen Banks Doreen Banks ... Estelle Van Horn (Payment Through the Nose, First Series)
Carl Axzelle Carl Axzelle ... Danny Morgan (Round Two, First Series)
Edgar Kennedy ... Ptomaine Tommy
Norma Shearer ... Rose Del Mar (Round Five, First Series)
Fay Tincher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Velma Connor Velma Connor


A series of six two-reel episodes, each individually titled: #1: Let's Go (1922); #2: Round Two (1922); #3: Payment Through the Nose (1922); #4: A Fool and His Honey (1922); #5: The Taming of the Shrewd (1922); #6: Whipsawed. A second series of six more two-reelers, appropriately titled The New Leather Pushers (1922), followed immediately: #7: Young King Cole (1922); #8: He Raised Kane (1922); #9: The Chickasha Bone Crusher (1923); #10: When Kane Met Abel (1923); #11: Strike Father, Strike Son (1923); #12: Joan of Neward (1923). A third series of six more episodes, still titled The New Leather Pushers (1923), followed: #13: The Wandering Two (1923); #14: The Widower's Mite (1923); #15: Don Coyote (1923); #16: Something for Nothing (1923); #17: Columbia, the Gem and the Ocean (1923); #18: Barnaby's Grudge (1923). A fourth series, still titled The New Leather Pushers (1923), but with Billy Sullivan replacing Reginald Denny in the leading role, followed: #19: That Kid from Madrid (1923);... Written by Anonymous

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Comparison of any other similar short subject is odious. They are the talk of the town. ((Print Ad-The Evening News,((San Jose, Calif.)) 23 June 1923)









Release Date:

27 March 1922 (USA) See more »

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Den falske Partner See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the film that was supposedly watched by Harold Israel, the famous murder defendant, at the time of the murder of Father Herbert Dahme. The case made the prosecutor, Homer Cummings, famous and was made into the movie Boomerang! (1947) in 1947. See more »

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Real Gone -- Well, Mostly
26 March 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Before commenting on this series, I should warn you: apparently only two of these survive in any real form and I've only seen one of them -- Episode Two, titled, appropriately enough, 'Round Two', so my comments may or may not be of much use. Well, here goes.

This is great. It was made by a bunch of people who had never made films before and they do some very interesting things: Reginald Denny, at the very start of his career, played Americans in the movies -- his accent being inaudible in the silents. Here he plays an ex-college athlete whose father has gone broke, so he must make a living as a prizefighter; and his manager is a nice enough guy, but he likes to get into crap games and make unhappy wagers..... so things are at a low point.

There are three points I wish to call to your attention, in case you ever get to see this movie -- and it is available now on DVD. First, the characters rather breezily break the fourth wall -- the manager stops the action early on to fill in newcomers as to What Has Gone Before -- a delightful bit of informality. Second, the people involved have managed to install into this movie some of the real grunge of boxing gyms, something that seems to have been missed by everyone except Robert Wise in THE SET-UP (1949) and Clint Eastwood in MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004). THat's a long time between authentic grunge, but somehow almost every film maker seems to have missed the low characters and low settings that a boxing gym has, and the marginal characters who can waver between low comedy and pathos. And the story is told in a brisk and interesting fashion by people who seem to not to know that you can't do things that way in the movies -- and it works when they do it.

In case I'm being obscure, highly recommended.

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