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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
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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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

Linda: That's the first time I ever knew I was stronger than Strangler Lewis.
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Soundtracks

Lucky Fella
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Max Baer and chorus girls
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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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