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Viva Villa!

original Italian lobby card
Directed by Jack Conway
Howard Hawks
William Wellman
Produced by David O. Selznick
Written by Ben Hecht
Howard Hawks
James Kevin McGuinness
Howard Emmett Rogers
Starring Wallace Beery
Fay Wray
Leo Carrillo
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
James Wong Howe
Editing by George Amy
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) April 10, 1934 (1934-04-10)
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Viva Villa! is a 1934 American film starring Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa and was written by Ben Hecht, adapted from a biography by Edgecumb Pinchon and Odo B. Stade. The film was directed by Jack Conway. There was special, uncredited help with the script by Howard Hawks, James Kevin McGuinness, and Howard Emmett Rogers. Hawks and William A. Wellman also contributed uncredited directing help.

The movie is a fictionalized biography of Pancho Villa starring Beery, Leo Carrillo, and Fay Wray. Lee Tracy was originally cast in a supporting role but was fired after (alegedly) urinating drunkenly off a balcony onto a Mexican military parade below. Tracy's career never fully recovered from this incident, although he did make other films, most notably Gore Vidal's The Best Man thirty years later.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.




Viva Villa! partially inspired the creation of Elia Kazan's 1952 film Viva Zapata!, written by John Steinbeck and starring Marlon Brando.

Beery had played Villa once before, in a supporting role, in a 1917 film starring Irene Castle called Patria.

"Viva Villa!" is a shout meant to praise Pancho Villa in times of injustice, much like "Viva Zapata!"

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