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The Prizefighter And The Lady

Director: W.S. Van Dyke Studio: MGM Year: 1933
Stars: Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Walter Huston, Primo Carnera and Jack Dempsey as themselves Video: As far as I know no video has been released.

This one's a curiosity. An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title. He is played by Max Baer, who was a successful boxer in real life, and whose film career was launched by this picture. Baer is clearly no actor, but he does have screen presence as the cocky young contender who puts his marriage at risk by his womanising.

The climax of the film is of interest to fans of boxing history. It's a world heavyweight bout between Baer's character and champion Primo Carnera. This long sequence appears to have been filmed in Madison Square Gardens, and is reasonably successful in building atmosphere through use of radio commentators and excited crowd scenes. Jack Dempsey acts as referee and several former boxing and wrestling champions are introduced to the crowd at the start of the fight.

The most bizarre part of the film is a seven-minute musical number for which Fields and McHugh wrote the song Lucky Fella. The song, surprisingly performed by Baer, is a bit of fluff. It's forced into the plot by having the boxer promote a big fight by appearing in a stage revue. In the number, Baer is surrounded by diminutive but energetic dancing girls who put him through a training session for his fight. Strange but entertaining.

Many years later, Baer's son, Max Baer Junior, became a well-known TV face through his part as Jethro in the Beverly Hillbillies.

The illustrations are studio glamour shots of Baer and Loy.

Also known As: Every Woman's Man (1933)
Notes on songs: This song was written for the film.

Songs (Composer: Jimmy McHugh)

Lucky Fella

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