The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy is miscast as a nightclub singer in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  Howard Hawks developed the film with Jean Harlow in mind, who was at MGM during Hawks’ time at the studio.  He was so dissatisfied, he quit the film, and never returned to the studio again.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy, Max Baer Jr, Walter Huston and Vince Barnett in a re-release publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Max Baer Jr and Myrna Loy in a publicity still for The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) on the cover of a foreign movie magazine

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Max Baer and Myrna Loy in a screencap from The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

The Prizefighter and the Lady

Myrna Loy and Al Hill in a screencap from The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

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.

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.

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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.

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.