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The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Passed  -  Crime | Romance | Comedy  -  10 November 1933 (USA)
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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
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Steve Morgan
Primo Carnera ...
Himself
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Himself - 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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Genres:

Crime | Romance | Comedy

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Release Date:

10 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sailor and the Lady  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Primo Carnera was the world's heavyweight boxing champion when this film was made and released. He refused to make the movie using the first script, which had him knocked out in the end, but agreed to a revised script with an additional $10,000 salary. 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."
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Soundtracks

Canzone Italiana (The Garibaldi Hymn)
Music by Dino Olivieri
Lyrics by Luigi Mercantini
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One rousing match
12 February 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Spunky young boxer woos and weds lovely torch singer, snatching her away from under they vigilant eyes of her mobster boyfriend, as it were, but soon, as his boxing star rises he takes to philandering... I wasn't prepared for the impact of this incredibly dynamic early talkie, taut, effective and clearheaded. The way Hawks and Van Dyke tell their story is to the point, the acting by both Loy and real-life boxer Max Baer is vivid and engaging. And yet, nothing will prepare you for the grand finale, the ultimate Madison Sq Garden match, a haven of broken noses and cauliflower ears. The fight itself is wonderfully, imaginatively shot with alternating angles, intermingled with shots of Loy and Walter Huston in the audience, fights breaking out, ladies swooning, desperate last-minute bets taking place, cutting faster and faster, faster and faster. Quite a feat, recommended.


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