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Flesh (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 December 1932 (USA)
Gifted German wrestler Polokai falls in love with ex-con Laura, who persuades him to emigrate to America and gets him involved with crooked promoters.

Director:

John Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

Edmund Goulding (story), Leonard Praskins (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley, Anita Louise
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Polakai
Ricardo Cortez ... Nicky Grant
Karen Morley ... Laura Nash
Jean Hersholt ... Mr. Herman
John Miljan ... Joe Willard
Herman Bing ... Pepi - Headwaiter
Vince Barnett ... Waiter
Greta Meyer ... Mrs. Herman
Edward Brophy ... Dolan - a Referee
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Storyline

Laura Nash is an ex-con who is befriended by Polakai, a waiter who is also a wrestler. Even though Polakai is kind to her, she pines for Nick, her old partner in crime. When she gets Nick out of jail, she tells him that she is pregnant and he leaves for America. Laura then marries Polakai, who adores her, and he becomes the wrestling champion of Germany. Laura makes Polakai move to America where she finds Nick and he becomes his manager. Polakai wants to wrestle fairly, but Nick and Joe are both crooked and are only in it for the money. Polakai does not know that Laura still desires Nick. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The strength of a giant the trusting heart of a child, he offered both to a girl BORN BAD! (Print Ad- The Dispatch, ((Lexington NC)) 12 January 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carne See more »

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Budget:

$480,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Flesh" is the movie the title character of "Barton Fink" (1991) is trying to write. See more »

Quotes

Laura: [On the phone] You got the dough, and we took the rap, so it's your turn to play cards.
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Soundtracks

Du, Du Liegst Mir im Herzen
(uncredited)
Traditional German folksong
Played in the beer garden in Germany
Reprised in the beer garden in Hoboken, New Jersey
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one of my favorites
10 December 2006 | by abbybrittonSee all my reviews

This film ... which no one seems to admire but me ... I believe to be one of the finest, touching, moving films I know. I do not believe that Beery plays Polaki as "half-witted" ... I believe his performance is so subtle that he comes across as much closer to "child-like", and so much more endearing. The script is tight. The photography much better than average. Sets are well decorated, lighting is fine. While some may consider the ending to be ambiguous, I do not. I think that Laura waits for him, and they "live happily ever after." But, to have shown that would have degraded to film from representing genuine "seniment" to the too-often-used "sentimentality." The character Laura is quite 'real' ... we've all know women like her. Can't understand why no one seems to recognize its fine aspects.


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