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The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 10 November 1933 (USA)
An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.

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Cast

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Belle Mercer Morgan
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Primo Carnera ...
Primo Carnera
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Jack Dempsey - Promoter
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Professor Edwin J. Bennett
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Willie Ryan
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Bugsie
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Adopted Son
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Linda
Jean Howard ...
Show Girl
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Storyline

Steve is just a heavy duty bartender when Edwin J. Bennett, known as the Professor, starts training him for the ring. While doing road work, he is almost killed by a speeding car which crashes into a ditch. In the car is Belle Mercer and her driver. Steve takes Belle to a farmhouse and is smitten by her, but she is Willie Ryan's Girl. The fight is a breeze and later, Steve again meets Belle with Willie. That night, Steve and Belle disappear and return married, much to the disappointment of Ryan. Then Steve starts training in ernest and is 19 for 19 in the ring. However, he has an eye for the women and an expanding ego to match. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Girls! There's a new passion in your life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

10 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sailor and the Lady  »

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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Sunday 6 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Thursday 9 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), by San Francisco 16 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by New York City 19 October 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, after the big match, in Belle's dressing room, in one shot Willie has a cigarette to his mouth in his right hand and his left is in his pocket. In the next wider shot, he's smoking with his left hand and his right is in his pocket. See more »

Quotes

[Sitting at a nightclub table, Steve Morgan notices gangster Willie Ryan's elderly, sour-faced bodyguard]
Steve: I didn't meet you, did I?
Willie Ryan: That's my "adopted son."
Steve: Rather big for his age, isn't he?
Willie Ryan: [ominously] Yeah, he follows me around, keeps the flies off me. He's got a good aim with a..."flyswatter."
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Connections

Referenced in The Doris Day Show: The Prizefighter and the Lady (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Remember Only You
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Boxing fans - this movie is for you!
11 October 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

The movie's routine plot involving the on-again, off-again romance and marriage between Myrna Loy and Max Baer seemed completely dwarfed by the drama of the final 25 minutes, which pitted Max Baer against Primo Carnera for the world heavyweight championship. As most boxing fans will know, Carnera was the world heavyweight champion and Baer was a contender when this movie was made, and they actually did square off against each other for the heavyweight title the year after this movie was released, when Baer beat Carnera. In a sense, the fight in this this movie is a preview of the real championship fight even though it was staged, and it is much more enjoyable if you keep that in mind. Many of the boxing greats were introduced before the fight just as is done in actual championship fights.


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