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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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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance | Sport

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$682,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Near the end of the film, after the big match, in Belle's dressing room, in one shot Willie has a cigarette to his mouth in his right hand and his left is in his pocket. In the next wider shot, he's smoking with his left hand and his right is in his pocket. See more »

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[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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Canzone Italiana (The Garibaldi Hymn)
Music by Dino Olivieri
Lyrics by Luigi Mercantini
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One rousing match
12 February 2004 | by 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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