Viva Villa

MGM production still of an extra for Viva Villa (1934)

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Viva Villa

Pancho Villa greets the Mexican military leaders in a business suit in Viva Villa (1934).

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Pancho Villa’s face on Mexican currency in a promotional peso for Viva Villa (1934).

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Viva Villa (1934) was the third aborted film for Howard Hawks at MGM, and the last straw for Howard.  He spent his career hopping from studio to studio, but he never worked at MGM again.

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Wallace Beery doesn’t make a convincing Mexican in Viva Villa (1934) but he still gave a spirited performance.

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Howard Hawks directed all the outdoor scenes for Viva Villa (1934) on location in Mexico.  The film was completed in Hollywood by William Wyler.

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screencap from Viva Villa (1934)

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MGM production still of an extra in Viva Villa (1934).

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Viva Villa was the number one box office hit of 1934 and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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MGM production still of an extra for Viva Villa (1934)

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All of the outdoor scenes in Viva Villa (1934) were filmed by Howard Hawks.

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Viva Villa was the number one box office hit of 1934 and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but Howard Hawks got no credit for all his work.  All the outdoor scenes were directed by Hawks.  Hawks and MGM was not a good fit, and Hawks never worked at the studio again.

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Wallace Beery gave a spirited performance as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934) if one can overlook the fact that he’s not in the least bit Mexican.

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Wallace Beery gets on his knees in the face of some authority figure in Viva Villa (1934).

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Katherine DeMille, adopted daughter of Ceil B., as Rosita Morales with Wallace Beery in Viva Villa (1934).  Katherine had 31 acting credits in her career, from an uncredited bit in a 1930 Cecil B DeMille production, through an uncredited bit in 1956.