Flesh (1932)

95 mins | Drama | 8 December 1932

Director:

John Ford

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

William S. Gray

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to pre-production news items in HR , Edmund Goulding was initally set to direct the picture. Several months after Goulding was announced as the director, HR had a news item reporting that Raoul Walsh was to direct the picture, however, one day later the paper published a correction, saying that Robert Z. Leonard, and not Walsh was set to direct. In Aug 1932, it was announced that Colleen Moore was to co-star with Wallace Beery, making her talking picture debut and her first film in three years. Moore did not make her first talking picture until 1933 when she appeared in the Fox picture The Power and the Glory . In Sep 1932 it was reported that Madge Evans would play the female lead opposite Beery, and finally, two days before production began, Karen Morley was named as the female lead. Other news items noted that writer Leonard Praskins was having a dispute with M-G-M, thus delaying the start of the picture for several months. A 29 Jul 1932 news item mentioned Milton Raison as co-adaptor with Praskins, however, the extent of his participation in the completed film has not been determined. HR also reported that Wladek Zybszko was to be in the cast, however, his appearance in the film cannot be confirmed. This was John Ford's first film for M-G-M. Character actor Nat Pendleton, who has a small part as a bumbling wrestler in the film, was actually an Olympic wrestler and was the World Champion in ... More Less

According to pre-production news items in HR , Edmund Goulding was initally set to direct the picture. Several months after Goulding was announced as the director, HR had a news item reporting that Raoul Walsh was to direct the picture, however, one day later the paper published a correction, saying that Robert Z. Leonard, and not Walsh was set to direct. In Aug 1932, it was announced that Colleen Moore was to co-star with Wallace Beery, making her talking picture debut and her first film in three years. Moore did not make her first talking picture until 1933 when she appeared in the Fox picture The Power and the Glory . In Sep 1932 it was reported that Madge Evans would play the female lead opposite Beery, and finally, two days before production began, Karen Morley was named as the female lead. Other news items noted that writer Leonard Praskins was having a dispute with M-G-M, thus delaying the start of the picture for several months. A 29 Jul 1932 news item mentioned Milton Raison as co-adaptor with Praskins, however, the extent of his participation in the completed film has not been determined. HR also reported that Wladek Zybszko was to be in the cast, however, his appearance in the film cannot be confirmed. This was John Ford's first film for M-G-M. Character actor Nat Pendleton, who has a small part as a bumbling wrestler in the film, was actually an Olympic wrestler and was the World Champion in 1924. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Dec 32
p. 18.
HF
1 Oct 32
p. 16.
HF
22 Oct 32
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 32
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 32
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 32
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 32
p. 2, 4
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Dec 32
p. 3.
New York Times
10 Dec 32
p. 19.
Variety
13 Dec 32
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 December 1932
Production Date:
26 September--late October 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 December 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3472
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When American Laura Nash is released from a German prison, she is desperate to see her lover, Nicky, but cannot get the money to pay for his release from prison as well. At a beer garden, Karen can't pay for her meal, but is touched by the kindness of the Polikai, a waiter and wrestling champion, who settles the bill for her. Meeting again later that night, Polikai lets Karen stay at his place above the beer garden. Soon Polikai falls in love with her and proposes marriage, through his friend Herman, but Karen still yearns for Nicky, even though she is fond of Polikai. One night Polikai catches her trying to steal his money, but when she explains that she needs it to get her "brother" out of jail, he offers to help her. The next day Polikai brings Nicky back with him. Laura wants to leave with Nicky, but when she tells him that she is pregnant, he sneaks away after telling Polikai that he needs money to go to their sick mother in America. Karen marries Polikai and when her child is born, he thinks that he is the father. Because she is homesick for America, he takes her there, hoping to get the wrestling championship of the world. When Nicky comes into their lives again, Karen is at first cool to him. He sets up a series of crooked matches for Polikai, which he refuses but Laura talks him into it after Nicky slaps her into compliance. Soon Polikai has become a contender for the title, but begins to drink. Laura remorsefully tries to tell him ... +


When American Laura Nash is released from a German prison, she is desperate to see her lover, Nicky, but cannot get the money to pay for his release from prison as well. At a beer garden, Karen can't pay for her meal, but is touched by the kindness of the Polikai, a waiter and wrestling champion, who settles the bill for her. Meeting again later that night, Polikai lets Karen stay at his place above the beer garden. Soon Polikai falls in love with her and proposes marriage, through his friend Herman, but Karen still yearns for Nicky, even though she is fond of Polikai. One night Polikai catches her trying to steal his money, but when she explains that she needs it to get her "brother" out of jail, he offers to help her. The next day Polikai brings Nicky back with him. Laura wants to leave with Nicky, but when she tells him that she is pregnant, he sneaks away after telling Polikai that he needs money to go to their sick mother in America. Karen marries Polikai and when her child is born, he thinks that he is the father. Because she is homesick for America, he takes her there, hoping to get the wrestling championship of the world. When Nicky comes into their lives again, Karen is at first cool to him. He sets up a series of crooked matches for Polikai, which he refuses but Laura talks him into it after Nicky slaps her into compliance. Soon Polikai has become a contender for the title, but begins to drink. Laura remorsefully tries to tell him the truth and begins to care for him, but when she tries to sober him up to win a match, Nicky begins to beat her. Just then Polikai wakes up and strangles Nicky. Polikai then wins the grueling match, after which he is arrested for Nicky's murder. Laura visits him in prison and tells him that everyone is behind him and that the district attorney thinks that everything will be all right. She says that she will go away to prevent him from being hurt further, but as their hands clasp, he calls her "Liebchen." +

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