Sunday Punch (film)

Sunday Punch is a 1942 comedy film directed by David Miller and starring William Lundigan and Jean Rogers.[2][3]

Sunday Punch
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Miller
Written byFay Kanin
Michael Kanin
Allen Rivkin
StarringWilliam Lundigan
Jean Rogers
Dan Dailey
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyPaul Vogel
Edited byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 8, 1942 (1942-05-08)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$373,000[1]


Boxers managed by Bassler and trained by Roscoe live in an all-male Brooklyn boardinghouse, where the arrival of the landlady's niece Judy gets their attention.

Judy gets to know Ken Burke, who quit medical school to try boxing, and Ole Jensen, the young janitor. Bassler is concerned that Ken's interest in Judy is distracting him, so he tries to find her a job as a singer.

Ole packs a "Sunday punch" that knocks out a pro. He decides to be a prizefighter to earn money to impress Judy, but no one except "Pops" Muller will agree to train him. Ken and Ole rise in the ranks, but reject a $30,000 offer to fight each other due to their friendship.

Their managers conspire to set up the bout. Judy roots for Ole to win, but only because that way Ken might give up boxing and become a doctor. Their story climaxes with the big fight.



The film earned $229,000 in the US and Canada and $144,000 elsewhere during its initial theatrical run, making MGM a loss of $79,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "Sunday Punch". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. Sunday Punch (1942),
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