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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.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, Howard Hawks (uncredited)

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screen play), John Meehan (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Belle
Max Baer ... Steve
Primo Carnera 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
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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:

Comedy | Crime | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sailor and the Lady See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$682,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $105,000 ($1.96M in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Willie Ryan: Are ya on the junk?
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Connections

Featured in Primo Carnera: Le colosse aux pieds d'argile (2017) See more »

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Giovinezza
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Written by Giuseppe Blanc and Salvatore Gotta
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Boxing fans - this movie is for you!
11 October 1998 | by Art-22See 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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