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The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) was a Crime - Romance Film directed by Howard Hawks and W.S. Van Dyke and produced by W.S. Van Dyke and Hunt Stromberg.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

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Best WritingFrances MarionNominated
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The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

By Angela on Aug 3, 2012 From Hollywood Revue

While at a bar one night, boxing manager Edwin J. Bennett, AKA: Professor, (Walter Huston) sees sailor Steve Morgan (Max Baer) knock out a couple of drunks.? The Professor sees that Steve has the potential to be a great boxer and convinces Steve to let him train him.? While the two of them are joggi... Read full article


The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933, W.S. Van Dyke)

on Jan 14, 2009 From The Stop Button

The Prizefighter and the Lady mixes a couple genres–the philandering husband whose wife can’t stop loving him standard and, additionally, stunt casting. Heavyweight contender Max Baer stars as a heavyweight contender, who fights the champ, played by champ Primo Carnera. Myrna Loy plays t... Read full article


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Fred 'Snowflake' Toones is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Trainer," but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. A Contemporary Motion Picture Herald article stated that Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Lupe Velez and Johnny Weissmuller were to appear as fight fans in the audience of the championship fight, but they were not seen.
In an interview, Myrna Loy stated that Max Baer carefully watched Primo Carnera's boxing style during the filming and used this information to beat him in their real-life match for the title in March, 1934.
Jack Dempsey plays himself in the improbable capacity of a referee in the climactic fight. While giving the fighters instructions, he places unusual emphasis on the rule that requires the standing fighter to go to a neutral corner in the event of a knockdown. This undoubtedly is an allusion to the famed Long Count. In a 1927 title match, Dempsey knocked Gene Tunney down in the seventh round, but failed to go to a neutral corner immediately, which caused the referee to delay the count. Tunney recovered and won the fight.
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