The Prizefighter and the Lady 1933

The Prizefighter and the Lady

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Steve (real-life boxer Max Baer) is a brash bartender whose knock-out power is discovered by the Professor (Walter Huston), an alcoholic ex-fight trainer. Working together, they find success in the ring, and Steve begins a whirlwind romance with the sultry Belle (Myrna Loy), a gangster's moll who hastily leaves her man to marry him. Steve's infidelity brings discord to their marriage, but he'll have to overcome these distractions if he's going to succeed in his heavyweight title fight.

Cast & Crew

Max Baer
Steve
Otto Kruger
Willie Ryan
Robert McWade
Adopted Son
Jean Howard
Show Girl
W. S. Van Dyke II
Director
W. S. Van Dyke II
Producer
Hunt Stromberg
Associate Producer
John Lee Mahin
Writer (Screenplay)
John Meehan
Writer (Screenplay)
Frances Marion
Writer (Story)
Lester White
Cinematographer
Robert Kern
Film Editor
Fredric Hope
Art Direction
David Townsend
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  • Dec 18, 2016
    There is a lot to like about this movie, starting with the beautiful Myrna Loy, who is caught in a love triangle between a gangster and an up and coming boxer. The boxer is played by real life heavyweight Max Baer, who is certainly as good an actor as most for the time period, and very interesting to watch. The gangster is played well by Otto Kruger, so it's a strong cast. The film's pace over the first half or so is great, and I found myself a little surprised with one of the directions it took, but I won't spoil it. I liked seeing Loy singing (though it may have been lip sync'd), and it was fun (and a little silly) to see Baer in a pretty long musical number later. That's probably the beginning of where the film finds itself being a little too long, but it's really the big fight at the end with real-life champion Primo Canera which drags on. They introduce a number of other real-life boxers, which may have been a thrill to boxing fans in 1933, but with the exception of Jack Dempsey, is less interesting today (at least to me). During these introductions, there is a pretty mean joke about Kate Smith, who is said to be in the audience "sitting in seats one, two, and three". The boxing action itself is spotty - director W.S Van Dyke includes some nice shots, such as Carnera coming out of his corner, as well as an overhead angle, but there is quite a bit of footage that you can tell has been sped up, and quite a bit that looks unrealistic. I also hated the ending. Oddly enough, in a movie with so many big name boxers, it was the boxing that caused me to drop the rating a bit. Still worth watching though.
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