Viva Villa!

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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 allegedly 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.

It was the highest-grossing film of 1934.[citation needed]



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