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    John Ford- Flesh (1932)

    FLESH

    DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
    PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD/ JOHN W. CONSIDINE JR.
    METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER (MGM)

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    Plot Summary
    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

    Full Cast
    Wallace Beery ... Polakai
    Ricardo Cortez ... Nicky
    Karen Morley ... Laura
    Jean Hersholt ... Mr. Herman
    John Miljan ... Willard
    Herman Bing ... Pepi - Headwaiter
    Vince Barnett ... Karl - a Waiter
    Greta Meyer ... Mrs. Herman
    Edward Brophy ... Dolan - a Referee
    Ward Bond ... Muscles Manning (uncredited)
    Joe Caits ... Referee in Germany (uncredited)
    Mike Donlin ... Mike - Man in Gym (uncredited)
    Jack Herrick ... Second Boxer in Gym (uncredited)
    Hans Joby ... Hans - Waiter in Germany (uncredited)
    Wilbur Mack ... One of Willard's Aides (uncredited)
    Jerry Mandy ... Gym Manager (uncredited)
    Larry McGrath ... Championship Referee in the U.S.A. (uncredited)
    Nat Pendleton ... Wrestler (uncredited)
    Frank Reicher ... Warden in Germany (uncredited)
    Charles Sullivan ... Boxer at Gym (uncredited)
    Monte Vandergrift ... Radio Sports Reporter (uncredited)
    Charles Williams ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)
    Wladek Zbyszko ... Zbyszko - Polikai's Championship Oppenent in the U.S.A.

    Writing Credits
    Edmund Goulding (story)
    Leonard Praskins (adaptation) and
    Edgar Allan Woolf (adaptation)
    Moss Hart (dialogue)
    William Faulkner uncredited

    Original Music
    Alfred Newman

    Cinematography
    Arthur Edeson

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

    Filming Location
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
    Best Wishes
    Keith
    Totnes- the Tombstone of England

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    Re: John Ford- Flesh (1932)

    Flesh is a 1932 black-and-white drama film
    starring Wallace Beery as a German wrestler.
    Some of the script was written by Moss Hart
    and an uncredited William Faulkner.

    Flesh like other Ford movies of the time,
    was made after Duke's meeting with the director.
    They featured Ward Bond,
    and others of the emerging John Ford Stock Company.
    so it is also possible therefore, that Duke may have been involved

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    10 December 2006 | by abbybritton

    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.
    Best Wishes
    Keith
    Totnes- the Tombstone of England

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