MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 22,848 this week

The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Passed  -  Crime | Romance | Comedy  -  10 November 1933 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 406 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 5 critic

An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On TV

Airs Sat. Nov. 22, 11:45 PM on TCM

Editors' Spotlight

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Debut's Today!


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 45 titles
created 08 Sep 2011
 
a list of 205 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1880 titles
created 18 Sep 2012
 
a list of 80 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 299 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Prizefighter and the Lady.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.

Directors: King Vidor, Jack Conway, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan
War | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Del Ruth, W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor
Going Wild (1930)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Rollo and Lane just happen to be tossed off the train at White Beach where Robert Story -Air ace and writer- is supposed to stop. It is a case of mistaken identity as no one knows what ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Lawrence Gray, Ona Munson
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Van Johnson, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven
Adventure | Mystery | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A Yank comes to Havana in search of an old friend who disappeared during the Cuban Revolution, and discovers a group of Batista sympathizers plotting to overturn Castro.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Allison Hayes, Eduardo Noriega
Navy Blues (1941)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Jack Oakie, Martha Raye
The Whistler (1944)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Richard Dix, Gloria Stuart, J. Carrol Naish
Broadminded (1931)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Jack's father is sending Jack away to keep him from the gambling, booze, girls and late nights. He has Ossie go as Jack's companion, not knowing that Ossie does the same things as Jack. ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Ona Munson, William Collier Jr.
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Well respected local good guy, Feet Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Alice White, Robert Barrat
The Rag Man (1925)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: Lydia Yeamans Titus, Ethel Wales, Robert Edeson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Belle
...
Steve
Primo Carnera ...
Carnera
...
Promoter
...
Professor
...
Willie Ryan
Vince Barnett ...
Bugsie
Robert McWade ...
Adopted Son
Muriel Evans ...
Linda
Jean Howard ...
Show Girl
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sailor and the Lady  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fred 'Snowflake' Toones is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Trainer," but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. A Contemporary Motion Picture Herald article stated that Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Lupe Velez and Johnny Weissmuller were to appear as fight fans in the audience of the championship fight, but they were not seen. See more »

Goofs

Steve buttons up his sweater, straightens the bottom and puts his hands in his pockets in one shot with the Professor. In the next shot, when he's facing Belle, he buttons the bottom buttons again (before putting his hands in his pockets again). 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."
See more »

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played before the big fight
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lousy title - adult and sophisticated Screenplay

The title belies the production - one expects the usual cliches, but despite that poor title, this is a very adult and sophisticated look at relationships, both marital and extra-marital. The plot never goes in the direction you think it will. Boxing lug falls for crime boss's moll and marries her out from under his nose. Wonder of wonders though- the lug, although the star (Max Baer) is a cad, a womanizer who cheats on his lady love. Wonder of wonders, the boss doesn't threaten or try to rub out his competition - he really loves his lady and lets the lug have her, hoping she'll get wise and come back to him. Wonder of wonders, she asks for what she wants and needs, clearly communicates with the lug, and makes good on her word, leaving him when he won't reform and returning to her former protector. But it's not over yet, folks.

Loy turns in her best performance - just a year prior to THIN MAN stardom. She deserved an Oscar nom at least for her Belle Morgan. Likewise Walter Huston as the alcoholic manager, Edwin J. Bennett, in support (but they didn't have supporting acting awards in those days). The Original Story did net an Oscar nom (deservedly) but the Screenplay should have been recognized as well. It is very intelligently written.

Despite all these positive values, you also have some negatives. Baer is a charmless lunk in the lead and unless you are a devotee of prize fighting, the last half hour will leave you cold as all is worked out during the "big fight" onscreen.

This is overall a remarkably entertaining and thoughtful production, despite its forays into Palookadom. Very worth a watch.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Howard Hawks? marclay
Surprisingly iferleigh
Real Fight Scenes donovanarchmontierth
Discuss The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?