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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
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Film debuts of Max Baer and Primo Carnera. Baer was the main contender at the time for the Heavyweight Champion of the World title, which was held by Carnera. See more »
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 »
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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typical boxing/girl mix-up...with one big difference
Actress Myrna Loy is one of the legendary names in (early) Hollywood. In her biography, she admits that the only major mistake she made in her career was underestimating the raw physicality and animal presence, as well as the dominating personality, of heavyweight champion-to-be Max Baer for "The Prizefighter and the Lady". This film was made in 1933, less than a year before Baer demolished Primo Carnera for the title. The 6-3, 225-pound Baer was 24 when this film was made, and at his physical peak. His chiseled features rivaled those of any actor. Though Baer had never had formal drama training, his sheer presence---and fun-loving personality---often dominated scenes, regardless of those with him. Nowhere is it more evident than in this film. Despite the skills and experience of his primary co-stars, Baer utterly overshadows everyone. About all Loy and everyone else can do here is try not to look too much overshadowed. Everyone who knew Baer, including those who fought him---such as Joe Louis---stated that Max was a frustrated performer. As for the film itself, as an early talkie, its plot and character interactions were quite elementary. Corny might best describe them. Loy, and Otto Krueger, when not in scenes with Baer, demonstrate solid acting. For fight fans, this is a Who's Who. Some of the greatest names of early boxing appear here in walk-on roles. Jack Dempsey, just seven years removed from his championship days, is the referee in Baer's climactic title fight with cinema---and actual world champion---Carnera. Other renowned figures are Jim Jeffries and Jess Willard (former heavyweight titlists), and former heavyweight challengers Tom Sharkey and Frank Moran. Some trivia: Baer here played a character named Steve Morgan. Though his celluloid fight with Carnera was judged a draw, Morgan gives the champ quite a beating early in the bout. When Baer and Carnera actually met for the championship, on June 14, 1934, at New York's Long Island City Bowl, Max entered the ring wearing not his own robe, but the one from the film...with Steve Morgan's name emblazoned on the back. Obviously, it was an attempt to psych Carnera. One of the ringside reporters quipped: "Too bad Max couldn't make it tonight. I think he might have beaten Primo." Whichever name he used, Baer knocked down Carnera a record 11 times in 11 rounds before the referee stopped the bout and awarded Max the crown. This film is worth watching for the charismatic Baer, his exciting and entertaining battle with Carnera, and all those historic boxing figures.
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