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


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!


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The "Running W" was a device used on horses at that time which made them fall before the camera at a specific point of an action scene, often killing or injuring the animal so badly that it had to be put down.It involved a harness on the horse secured to "piano" wire which was attached to a stationary object.As the horse reached the end of the length of wire,running full tilt, it would be "tripped". The practice was finally halted after complaints from the A.S.P.C.A. The "Running W" wires can be seen clearly attached to the horses which were "shot down" in the final battle scene of this film .
Much of the footage originally shot by Howard Hawks is said to have been lost in a plane crash. However, Hawks claimed that most of the location footage (except battle scenes) was his.
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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