How many times do you watch a boxing film and think that there is no way that this guy could play a boxer? At least with the “The Prizefighter and the Lady” you never thought that as the main fight at the end featured future Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer going up against the then champion, Primo Carnera.
This film was Baer’s film debut (he would star in twenty films) and he played Steve Morgan, a bouncer turned boxer, once a former manager known as “The Professor” (played by Walter Huston) sees his skills with his fists. Morgan is an overnight sensation rising through the ranks, though getting cocky in the process. He earns a fight with Promo Carnera (playing himself) though receives no instruction from his manager causing him to get pummeled early; that is until he has a change of heart and offers winning strategy. Well sort of, as Morgan battles back to a draw; though Baer must have gotten some really good advice as he beat Carnera for real to win the Heavyweight Title a year later.
The Bullet Points:
The Prizefighter and the Lady (1934)
Why You Should Vote For Him:
At least we have a case where the boxers in the ring know what they are doing.
Why You Should Not Vote For Him:
Max Baer’s “acting” leaves a lot to be desired.