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Swing Your Lady(1938)

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Wrestler Joe Skopapolous, together with his manager, Ed, and his trainers, Popeye and Shiner, arrives in a small town in the Ozarks hoping to promote a wrestling match. Things look hopeless because there is no local candidate for Joe's opponent until Ed meets the blacksmith, a woman named Sadie. Believing it would be a good gimmick for Joe to wrestle with Sadie, Ed offers her $100 to compete. She readily agrees because she needs the money to buy a suite of bedroom furniture.

Unfortunately for Ed's plans, Joe meets Sadie on a training run and falls madly in love with the large woman. When Joe learns that Sadie is his opponent, he refuses to fight her even though she begs him. Things look bleak until Ed learns that Sadie has been courted by Noah, a huge mountain man. Ed sets up a match between the two rivals, and for promotion, tells everyone that Sadie will marry the winner.

Sadie favors Joe, which does not suit Ed. He shows her a picture of a woman and her children and leads her to believe that they belong to Joe. Furious, she announces that she is going back to Noah, and Ed has to convince Joe to lose the fight. Joe reluctantly agrees, but midway through the contest, Ed learns that Madison Square Garden wants to present the winner, so he signals to Joe, who rapidly overcomes his opponent. Joe marries Sadie and gives up the ring for the blacksmith shop.

Director: Ray Enright
Screenplay: Joseph Schrank; Maurice Leo; Kenyon Nicholson, Charles Robinson (play)
Cinematography: Arthur Edeson
Art Direction: Esdras Hartley
Music: Adolph Deutsch
Film Editing: Jack Killifer
Cast: Humphrey Bogart (Ed Hatch), Frank McHugh (Popeye Bronson), Louise Fazenda (Sadie Horn), Nat Pendleton (Joe Skopapolous), Penny Singleton (Cookie Shannon), Allen Jenkins (Shiner Ward), Leon Weaver (Waldo Davis), Frank Weaver (Ollie Davis), June Weaver (Mrs. Davis), Ronald Reagan (Jack Miller), Daniel Boone Savage (Noah Webster), Hugh O'Connell (Smith), Tommy Bupp (Rufe Horn), Sunny Bupp (Len Horn).

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