Viva Villa!

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Viva Villa!
Viva Villa poster.jpg
Film poster
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
Based on Viva Villa! (book) 
by Edgecumb Pinchon
O.B. Stade
Starring Wallace Beery
Fay Wray
Leo Carrillo
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
James Wong Howe
Gabriel Figueroa
Edited by George Amy
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
  • April 10, 1934 (1934-04-10)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget over $1 million[1]

Viva Villa! is a 1934 American Pre-Code film starring Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa and was written by Ben Hecht, adapted from the book Viva Villa!. The film was shot on location in Mexico and directed by Jack Conway. There was uncredited assistance with the script by Howard Hawks, James Kevin McGuinness, and Howard Emmett Rogers. Hawks and William A. Wellman were also uncredited directors on the film.[citation needed]

The film is a fictionalized biography of Pancho Villa starring Beery, Leo Carrillo and Fay Wray. The supporting cast features Donald Cook, Stuart Erwin, Henry B. Walthall, Joseph Schildkraut and Katherine DeMille.



The film was very popular at the box office.[2]


The picture was nominated for the following Academy Awards:[3]

In popular culture[edit]

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

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  1. ^ David Thomson, Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick, Abacus, 1993 p 181
  2. ^ Churchill, Douglas W. The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era (gate locked); New York Times [New York, N.Y] 30 Dec 1934: X5. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "The 7th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 

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