The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy as Belle Morgan in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).   Myrna was a terrific star in Hollywood’s golden age, but she was miscast in a role that was conceived by Howard Hawks for Jean Harlow.  Although the film is implausible with Myrna, it earned Frances Marion an Oscar nomination for her original screenplay.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Max Baer and Myrna Loy in a publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  The following year, Myrna made The Thin Man, a beloved series with William Powell, including six features through 1947.  Myrna previously had a small part in Howard Hawks’ most widely seen silent film, A Girl in Every Port (1928) as the girl from Singapore.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) with a spoiler alert.  Max and Primo were real professional boxers of the day.  A real boxer, Tony Bellew, was used in the recent Rocky update, as the opponent of Apollo Johnson in Creed (2015).

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Former world heavyweight boxing champion (1919-1926) Jack Dempsey played himself as a promoter in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) with Myrna Loy and Max Baer.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Trainer Vince Barnett has boxer Max Baer’s ear as promoter Walter Huston listens up in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  This is the third Howard Hawks project with Vince Barnett, after Tiger Shark as one of the tuna fishermen, and Scarface, as Tony Camonte’s “seckaterry.”

Viva Villa

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.

Viva Villa

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

Viva Villa

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

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Viva Villa (1934) was the number one box office hit of the year and was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.  Ben Hecht was nominated for the adapted screenplay and Douglas Shearer for the sound.  It was an Oscar winner for John Waters as best assistant director.  This was an actual category between 1933 and 1937.

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Pancho Villa disagrees with Joseph Schildkraut as General Pascal in Viva Villa (1934) in a rerelease publicity still.

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Fay Wray and Wallace Beery in a publicity still for Viva Villa (1934)

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Wallace Beery in a publicity still as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934).  Wallace was born in Kansas City and had 241 acting credits in his career, from a 1913 short to 1949.  His career included an Oscar winner for his performance in The Champ (1931).  He was also nominated the previous year for The Big House.

Viva Villa

Wallace Beery is not very believable as Mexican Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934) but his performance is quite spirited.