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The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 10 November 1933 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... Showgirl
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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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Taglines:

Girls! There's a new passion in your life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jack Dempsey plays himself in the improbable capacity of a referee in the climactic fight. While giving the fighters instructions, he places unusual emphasis on the rule that requires the standing fighter to go to a neutral corner in the event of a knockdown. This undoubtedly is an allusion to the famed Long Count. In a 1927 title match, Dempsey knocked Gene Tunney down in the seventh round, but failed to go to a neutral corner immediately, which caused the referee to delay the count. Tunney recovered and won the fight. 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

Belle: 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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

You've Got Everything
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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A pleasant enough look at 1930s boxing!
5 July 2002 | by aweilandSee all my reviews

You can't go wrong with a Myrna Loy movie! Interesting piece of history as Max Baer learned enough during his boxing scenes with Carnera that he was easily able to beat him in their 1934 bout for the Heavyweight Championship. Carnera's few speaking lines are almost unintelligible. I assume this was because at that time he spoke little English, and his voice was naturally very deep.


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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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