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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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Airs Tue. Feb. 23, 5:30 AM on TCM

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Belle
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Steve
Primo Carnera ...
Carnera
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Promoter
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Professor
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Willie Ryan
Vince Barnett ...
Bugsie
Robert McWade ...
Adopted Son
Muriel Evans ...
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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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10 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production photographs and Movietone newsreel clips show that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard were due to make cameo appearances, however nothing appears in the finished film. 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

Belle: I'm gonna think some swell things about you, Willie Ryan. And I hope you'll think some swell things about me.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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I'll Remember Only You
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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forgettable BUT historically significant
13 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Max Baer plays a fat-headed boxer who falls in love and marries sweet Myrna Loy. However, soon after the wedding, Baer begins drinking and womanizing and seemed to be a major jerk--and a very talented boxer. Unfortunately, he promised again and again he'd change, but he didn't. By the end of the film, he'd lost his wife and manager and didn't seem to care. However, the usual cliché of "turnaround scene" when the boxer hit bottom never really occurred with Baer's character! By the big fight at the end of the film, he STILL was a jerk--yet despite this, the wife and manager came running back to him!! This made very little sense and seems to have set back women's rights several decades.

While the plot of this film and production values are at best average, this film has a lot of historical value and so it shouldn't be written off completely. That's because this boxing film is unique in that it stars several real boxers--including several champions. Max Baer and Primo Carnera were, at the time, the most famous active boxers--both having been champions. Max Baer is the star of the film and does a pretty good job of acting considering he is NOT an actor. Plus, it's interesting to see Max Baer, Jr.'s ("Jethro" from THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES) father act. In addition, Jack Dempsey (perhaps the most famous boxer of the 20th Century) makes a significant appearance as well and there are some small cameos by famous boxers and wrestlers of the age. So, as a result, this movie is a MUST for boxing fans or lovers of pop culture and American history. All I suggest, though, is that you realize this is NOT a great film--just interesting for reasons other than artistic merit.


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