Viva Villa

Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934)

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

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(1934)

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Pancho Villa greets the Mexican military leaders in a business suit in Viva Villa (1934).

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Pancho Villa’s face on Mexican currency in a promotional peso for Viva Villa (1934).

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Viva Villa (1934) was the third aborted film for Howard Hawks at MGM, and the last straw for Howard.  He spent his career hopping from studio to studio, but he never worked at MGM again.

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Wallace Beery doesn’t make a convincing Mexican in Viva Villa (1934) but he still gave a spirited performance.

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Viva Villa was the number one box office hit of 1934 and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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Wallace Beery gave a spirited performance as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934) if one can overlook the fact that he’s not in the least bit Mexican.

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Wallace Beery gets on his knees in the face of some authority figure in Viva Villa (1934).

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Katherine DeMille, adopted daughter of Ceil B., as Rosita Morales with Wallace Beery in Viva Villa (1934).  Katherine had 31 acting credits in her career, from an uncredited bit in a 1930 Cecil B DeMille production, through an uncredited bit in 1956.

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Wallace Beery was not a strong negotiator in Viva Villa (1934).

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Wallace Beery and Stuart Erwin in Viva Villa (1934).  When Jack Conway replaced Howard Hawks to complete the film in Hollywood, the Pancho Villa character was more of an infantile buffoon.  This worked for Hawks and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932) but not so much for Conway.

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Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa in Viva Villa (1934).  The film was an Oscar winner for Best Assistant Director, a category long since discarded.  It earned three other nominations, for Best Picture, Writing and Sound.

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Pancho Villa oversees the signing of some king of treaty or legal document in Viva Villa (1934).