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Release Date:
10 November 1933 (USA) See more »
Girls! There's a new passion in your life! See more »
An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
Acteurism: Joel McCrea in "Barbary Coast"
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Myrna Loy ... Belle

Max Baer ... Steve
Primo Carnera ... Carnera

Jack Dempsey ... Promoter

Walter Huston ... Professor

Otto Kruger ... Willie Ryan
Vince Barnett ... Bugsie
Robert McWade ... Adopted Son
Muriel Evans ... Linda
Jean Howard ... Show Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Appleby ... Woman in bar (uncredited)
Zita Baca ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Reporter at Training Camp (uncredited)
Leila Bennett ... Stool-Pigeon Maid (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Bar Patron #4 (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Billy Coe ... Himself - Timekeeper for Big Fight (uncredited)
Cora Sue Collins ... Farmer's Daughter (uncredited)
Bill Duffy ... Himself - Carnera's Manager (uncredited)

Edward Earle ... Ryan's Associate (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Bar Patron #1 (uncredited)
Jackie Fields ... Himself - Ex-Welterweight Champion (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Man in Steve's Dressing Room (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Sid Munsie (uncredited)

Tenen Holtz ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Ringside Fan (uncredited)
James J. Jeffries ... Himself - Ex-Heavyweight Champion (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Bar Patron #5 (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ed Lewis ... Himself - Ex-Wrestling Champion 'Strangler Lewis' (uncredited)
Miriam Marlin ... Chorine (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Referee (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Professor's Drinking Buddy (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Himself - Heavyweight Boxer (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Jake - Fight Promoter (uncredited)
Billy Papke ... Himself - Middleweight Champion (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Bar Patron #6 (uncredited)
Joe Rivers ... Himself - Lightweight Boxer (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Ringsider (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
José Santa ... Himself - heavyweight boxer (uncredited)
Nicholas Schenck ... Prizefight spectator (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Farmer's Son (uncredited)

Carl Stockdale ... Bar Patron #3 (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ... Himself - Ring Announcer for Big Fight (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Mr. Black - Fight Promoter (uncredited)
Jess Willard ... Himself - Ex-Heavyweight Champion (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Training Camp Observer (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... George Lyons (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
Howard Hawks (uncredited)
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screen play) and
John Meehan (screen play)

Frances Marion (from the story by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... associate producer
W.S. Van Dyke .... producer
Cinematography by
Lester White (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Fredric Hope 
David Townsend 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Haley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Harvey Parry .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... music arranger (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Seymour Felix .... vaudeville sketch by
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
102 min | West Germany:95 min (TV)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Germany:(Banned) (1934 release) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1303-R: 26 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Willie Ryan:Are ya on the junk?See more »
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
typical boxing/girl mix-up...with one big difference, 16 May 2003
Author: halmp-1 from st. louis

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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