The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy in a screencap from The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  She was miscast in a part originally created by Howard Hawks for Jean Harlow.

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The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy and Otto Kruger in a screencap from The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Walter Huston and Vince Barnett in a publicity photo for Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), another Hawks film for which he only directed the first few scenes.  It was one of three films he made at MGM in 1933, the first and last time he worked for the studio.

Prizefighter and the Lady

The back of this publicity still reads

MAX BAER….the screen’s newest romantic lover, and his leading lady, Myrna Loy, as they appear in Max’s film debut, “The Prizefighter and the Lady,” now in production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Howard Hawks developed the story for Clark Gable and Jean Harlow but MGM executives had other plans.

A Girl in Every Port

Myrna Loy in A Girl in Every Port (1928).  Myrna often played exotics early in her career, including The Mask of Fu Manchu with Boris Karloff.

A Girl in Every Port

Victor McLaglen as Spike Madden and Myrna Loy as Jetta, the girl from Singapore, in A Girl in Every Port (1928).

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.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

 

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

 

The Prizefighter and the Lady


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.

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.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

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).

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).

A Girl in Every Port

Myrna Loy is a girl from Singapore in A Girl in Every Port (1928).  Myrna was also in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) a film Howard Hawks started before leaving after directing the first few scenes.

The Prizefighter and the Lady


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.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

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″.