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.

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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.