Flesh [DVD] [English] [1932]

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Flesh was one of the few big-studio films to deal with the subject of professional wrestling--at least until Hulk Hogan came along in the 1980s. Wallace Beery stars as a thickheaded waiter in a German beer garden who uses his muscles to clear out rowdy patrons. Beery channels his strength into a wrestling career, grappling his way up to the championship. His wife Karen Morley enjoys the creature comforts of Beery's success, but her heart belongs to her ex-lover Ricardo Cortez, and soon Karen is stepping out on her husband. Beery finds out and exacts a terrible revenge on Cortez--just minutes after Karen wises up and realizes she loves Beery after all. John Ford directed Flesh in a heavy Germanic fashion reminiscent of the Emil Jannings "cuckolded husband" melodramas of the 1920s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Wallace Beery
    Wallace Beery - Polakai
  • Karen Morley
    Karen Morley - Laura Nash
  • Ricardo Cortez
    Ricardo Cortez - Nicky
  • Jean Hersholt
    Jean Hersholt - Mr. Herman
  • John Miljan
    John Miljan - Joe Willard
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