Knockout Reilly

Knockout Reilly is a lost[1][2] 1927 American silent drama film directed by Malcolm St. Clair and written by Pierre Collings, John W. Conway, and Kenneth Raisbeck based upon a story by Albert Payson Terhune. The film stars Richard Dix, Mary Brian, Jack Renault, Harry Gribbon, Osgood Perkins, and Lucia Backus Seger. The film was released on April 16, 1927, by Paramount Pictures.[3][4]

Knockout Reilly
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Directed byMalcolm St. Clair
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Malcolm St. Clair
Jesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
Screenplay byPierre Collings
John W. Conway
Kenneth Raisbeck
Based on"The Hunch"
by Albert Payson Terhune
StarringRichard Dix
Mary Brian
Jack Renault
Harry Gribbon
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 16, 1927 (1927-04-16)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


When a successful prizefighter known as "Killer" Agerra causes trouble in a nightclub, a New Jersey mill worker, Dundee Reilly, knocks him out. This impresses both Pat Malone, an ex-boxer, and Pat's attractive sister Mary, who takes a liking to Reilly. Reilly becomes a boxer under Pat's tutelage, but is framed for a crime and ends up serving nearly a year behind bars. When he gets out, Agerra's opponent in an upcoming fight drops out, so Pat Malone arranges for "Knockout" Reilly to be his replacement in the ring. Agerra is much too good for him. Reilly is on the verge of being knocked out when Mary Malone visits his corner and tells him it was Agerra who framed him and caused him to go to jail. A newly motivated Reilly knocks his foe flat.


  • Richard Dix as Dundee 'Knockout' Reilly
  • Mary Brian as Mary Malone
  • Jack Renault as Killer Agerra
  • Harry Gribbon as Pat Malone
  • Osgood Perkins as Spider Cross
  • Lucia Backus Seger as Mrs. Reilly
  • Larry McGrath as Kewpie Dugan
  • John Merton as Buck Lennard (credited as Myrtland La Varre)
  • Scotty Devlin as Reilly's Chauffeur
  • John Dipse as Fighter in Preliminary Bout
  • Eddie Garvey (unidentified role)
  • Sailor Gibbs as Fighter at Training Camp
  • Patsy Haley as Referee
  • Joe Humphries as Ring Announcer
  • Ted "Kid" Lewis as Fighter at Training Camp (credited as Kid Lewis)
  • Tommy McFadden (unidentified role)
  • Graham McNamee as Radio Reporter
  • Kid McPartland as Timekeeper
  • Jack Perry as Fighter at Training Camp
  • Billy Vidabeck as Fighter at Training camp
  • George Ward as Fighter in Preliminary Bout
  • John Burdette as Minor role


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