The Prizefighter and the Lady

 

While at MGM Howard Hawks planned on making The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) as a vehicle for their hottest team Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, but MGM executives cast Myrna Loy and real life prizefighter and acting novice Max Baer instead.

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Myrna Loy and Walter Huston in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).

 

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Walter Huston, Myrna Loy and Vince Barnett in a publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), the first of two films with Walter Huston that Howard Hawks started but did not complete.  Hawks also began work on The Outlaw with Huston as Doc Holliday, but he quit to direct Sergeant York instead.

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Max Baer in a publicity still for The Prizefighter and The Lady

Fight manager Walter Huston takes stock of his boxer Max Baer in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy, Walter Huston and Otto Kruger in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  Otto was born in Toledo, Ohio and had 120 acting credits in his career, from 1915 to 1964.  His career highlights include the first Thin Man sequel, Another Thin Man, Hitchcock’s Saboteur, Cover Girl, Murder My Sweet, and High Noon as the judge.

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Vince Barnett in The Prizefighter and The Lady

Vince Barnett is in Max Baer’s corner for the big title match in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  Vince was also in Howard Hawks’ Scarface as the dim witted secretary, and Tiger Shark as one of the shark fishermen.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

 

Max Baer in an autographed publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  Max was a real heavyweight champion, but is best remembered as the father of Max Baer Jr., the dim witted Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies.

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It’s unclear if Hawks quit or he was fired from The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  He later admitted he directed the first few scenes.  It was one of three unhappy films he worked on while at MGM in 1933-34.  He got credit for Today We Live (1933) but it was ruined by studio interference, and he was fired from Viva Villa (1934).

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Three boxing champions, Max Baer, Jack Dempsey, and Primo Carnera on the set of The Prizefighter and the Lady

Boxing champion Jack Dempsey was cast as the referee in the big match between Max Baer and Primo Carnero in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).

The Prizefighter and the Lady

 

pickurselfup: “ The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) Myrna Loy ” Myrna Loy was miscast in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933). Howard Hawks developed the story for Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, but MGM wanted real professional boxers instead, and...

Myrna Loy was miscast in a role originally intended by Howard Hawks for Jean Harlow in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Max Baer in a publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), his film debut.  He had another 21 acting credits through 1958, all unremarkable.  More importantly, he was world heavyweight champ for exactly one year, from Jun 14, 1934 to Jun 13, 1935.  He was also father to Max Baer Jr, best known for 272 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies as dimwit son Jethro Bodine, and in a few episodes Jethro’s twin sister Jethrine Bodine.

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The Prizefighter and the Lady is Howard Hawks’ 15th film.

The Prizefighter and the Lady premiered Nov 10, 1933.

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Max Baer and Myrna Loy in a publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  While at MGM, Howard Hawks developed the project for MGM stars Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, but without any real power at the studio, Max and Myrna were cast instead.  Howard filmed the first few scenes and then quit/was replaced.  While he went from studio to studio for the remainder of his career, he never went back to MGM.  Furthermore, Myrna’s character in the film is a sophisticated showgirl, but dressed in an apron in the publicity still, the studio is promoting a much different image for her.

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Boxer Primo Carnera behind the scenes of The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) with Myrna Loy.  Primo had 22 acting credits dating back to 1931, often in Italy, and through Hercules Unchained in 1957.  Primo was a real professional boxer from 1928 to 1945 and stood 6’7 1/2″.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

When Howard Hawks left The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) after filming the first few scenes, he was replaced by WS (one take) Van Dyke.