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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance | Sport

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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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Budget:

$682,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, Myrna Loy stated that Max Baer carefully watched Primo Carnera's boxing style during the filming and used this information to beat him in their real-life match for the title in March, 1934. 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 »

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Linda: That's the first time I ever knew I was stronger than Strangler Lewis.
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Featured in Primo Carnera: Le colosse aux pieds d'argile (2017) See more »

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Downstream Drifter
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Music by David Snell
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ray Egan
Sung by Myrna Loy (dubbed by Bernice Alstock)
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Lucky Fellow, Lucky Guy
26 September 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I don't think anyone in Hollywood history did so well at playing himself as Max Baer did in this film until Audie Murphy played himself in To Hell and Back. Though his character name was Steve Morgan, believe me this is the genuine Max.

And this is a lot closer than the portrayal of Baer in that otherwise excellent film Cinderella Man that came out this year. Baer had all the tools necessary to have been the greatest heavyweight champion of all. His power punching killed two people in the ring as was graphically demonstrated in Cinderella Man.

But Max was no killer and no bully as Cinderella Man showed. Those deaths deeply affected him and he pulled his punches in many subsequent matches. In addition he was a colorful playboy who just loved the fast nightclub life as he does in The Prizefighter and the Lady.

Myrna Loy and her chauffeur are saved from an auto wreck by Max and his fight manager Walter Huston. They find out later she's the main squeeze of hoodlum Otto Krueger. I won't say more, but there are some of the same plot elements that are found in Broadway Through a Keyhole and Stars Over Broadway in which this same story has the protagonist a singer.

Today's audience might find it a little silly that fighter Max Baer appears in a Broadway review. But that was definitely Max as he sings with a bunch of chorus girls, Lucky Fellow, Lucky Guy.

Myrna Loy, Walter Huston and Otto Krueger all turn in fine performances in their parts. And Max Baer was a natural born performer. After his ring career he had a nightclub act with fellow pugilist and former Light Heavyweight Champion Maxie Rosenbloom. Baer was no longer the physical specimen he was in 1933, but he had great comic timing and also did several movie roles by himself and with Rosenbloom.

He also did a great dramatic part in The Harder They Fall as a stone cold killer of a heavyweight champion, the image that Cinderella Man tried to convey of him.

Also the Twentieth Century Fox film, Footlight Serenade, uses Max Baer as a model for Victor Mature's character.

And as a special treat for you boxing fans, a whole slew of former ring greats are introduced at the climax of the film before Baer fights for the heavyweight champion.

I found the film thoroughly enjoyable and hope TCM shows it more often so the real Max Baer is seen by today's audiences.


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