This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word palooka
a second-rate prize fighter
A stupid, oafish or clumsy person.
Someone incompetent or untalented in the specified area.
Palooka is a 1934 comedy film directed by Benjamin Stoloff starring Jimmy Durante and based on the comic strip by Ham Fisher. The movie was adapted by Jack Jevne, Arthur Kober, Gertrude Purcell, Murray Roth and Ben Ryan from the comic strip.
The film is also known as The Great Schnozzle in the United Kingdom.