Viva Villa

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

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Viva Villa

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.

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Wallace Beery was not a strong negotiator in Viva Villa (1934).

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Wallace Beery and Stuart Erwin in Viva Villa (1934).  When Jack Conway replaced Howard Hawks to complete the film in Hollywood, the Pancho Villa character was more of an infantile buffoon.  This worked for Hawks and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932) but not so much for Conway.

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Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934).  The film was an Oscar winner for Best Assistant Director, a category long since discarded.  It earned three other nominations, for Best Picture, Writing and Sound.

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Pancho Villa oversees the signing of some king of treaty or legal document in Viva Villa (1934).

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Stuart Erwin replaced Lee Tracy as the reporter in Viva Villa (1934) after Lee was fired for bad behavior in Mexico.

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Katherine DeMille as Rosita Morales and Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa in a publicity still for Viva Villa (1934).  Katherine was born in Vancouver, was the adopted daughter of Cecil B DeMille and was married to Anthony Quinn from 1937 to 1965.  They had five children.

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Pancho Villa with one of his young followers in Viva Villa (1934)

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Fay Wray as Teresa in Viva Villa (1934), a rare film in which she is not required to scream in horror.

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In a typical Howard Hawks group musical interlude, Pancho Villa grabs a guitar with a group of revolutionaries in Viva Villa (1934)

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Viva Villa is Howard Hawks’ 16th film.  He was responsible for all location shooting in Mexico and was fired and replaced by Jack Conway when production resumed in Hollywood.

Viva Villa premiered Apr 10, 1934