The Prizefighter and the Lady

Primo Carnera, Walter Huston, Max Baer and Vince Barnett in a scene from The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).  The film is not very good, and is included here because Howard Hawks filmed the first few scenes, and then was fired or he quit, it’s not certain.

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The Prizefighter and the Lady


 

 

Three boxing champions, Max Baer, Jack Dempsey, and Primo Carnera on the set of The Prizefighter and the Lady

Boxing champion Jack Dempsey was cast as the referee in the big match between Max Baer and Primo Carnero in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).

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″.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

When Howard Hawks left The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) after filming the first few scenes, he was replaced by WS (one take) Van Dyke.

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).