Viva Villa! Overview:

Viva Villa! (1934) was a Black-and-white - Western Film directed by William A. Wellman and Jack Conway and produced by David O. Selznick.

Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingBen HechtNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
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Bugle boy: [plays the "battle charge" on the bugle, and stops]
Pancho Villa: Play some more!
Bugle boy: That is all I know.
Pancho Villa: [laughs] That's okay. That's all you'll need!


Jonny Sykes: [typing] Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of Jonny Sykes.


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On 19 November 1933, during location filming in Mexico, Lee Tracy, originally cast as Johnny Sykes, got drunk and urinated from his hotel balcony onto a passing military parade. He was arrested, fired from the film and replaced by Stuart Erwin. Original director Howard Hawks was also fired for refusing to testify against Tracy, and replaced by Jack Conway. However, in his autobiography, Charles G. Clarke, the cinematographer on the picture, said that he was standing outside the hotel during the parade and the incident never happened. Tracy, he said, was standing on the balcony observing the parade when a Mexican in the street below made an obscene gesture at him. Tracy replied in kind, and the next day a local newspaper printed a story that said, in effect, Tracy had insulted Mexico, Mexicans in general and the Mexican flag in particular. The story caused an uproar in Mexico, and MGM decided to sacrifice Tracy in order to be allowed to continue filming there.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onOctober 10, 1938 with Wallace Beery reprising his film role.
Wallace Beery had previously played Pancho Villa as one of the villains in the 15-chapter silent serial Patria, starring Irene Castle.
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