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Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 29 October 1943 (USA)
An anthology of three loosely connected occult tales, with ironic and romantic twists.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Ellis St. Joseph (story), Oscar Wilde (story "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime") | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Marshall Tyler (Episode 2)
Charles Boyer ... Paul Gaspar (Episode 3)
Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Stanley (Episode 3)
Betty Field ... Henrietta (Episode 1)
Robert Cummings ... Michael (Episode 1)
Thomas Mitchell ... Septimus Podgers (Episode 2)
Charles Winninger ... King Lamarr (Episode 3)
Anna Lee ... Rowena (Episode 2)
May Whitty ... Lady Pamela Hardwick (Episode 2) (as Dame May Whitty)
C. Aubrey Smith ... Dean of Norwalk (Episode 2)
Robert Benchley ... Doakes (Framing Story)
Edgar Barrier ... Stranger in Mask Shop (Episode 1)
David Hoffman ... Davis (Framing Story)
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Storyline

Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The motion picture above all! (Poster).

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Destinies See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A fourth story was filmed but was cut from the final print; it was to open the film and the discovery of the drowned body was to link it to the mask story. The cut footage was expanded into a feature film, 1944's "Destiny" with Alan Curtis and Gloria Jean. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [to the masked Henrietta] I know your face is beautiful because you are. It couldn't be otherwise.
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Charming
19 April 2005 | by luciferjohnsonSee all my reviews

A charming "anthology" motion picture, of the kind that was briefly popular in the 1940s. This one contains three stories, each of a supernatural bent. None really brilliant, but diverting.

The second piece was the best. This was based on a story by Oscar Wilde (not Noel Coward, as incorrectly stated in another review). Edward G. Robinson plays a lawyer haunted by a prediction that he will murder someone, and the always-watchable Thomas Mitchell is the palm-reader.

The first, with Robert Cummings and Betty Field in a story set in the Mardi Gras, is appealing in a naive way. The third segment, set in a circus, is the weakest. Charles Boyer an acrobat? No way.

This movie suffers somewhat from some of the most unconvincing studio-bound "locations" I have ever seen. I know, this was the 1940s and all that, made in the middle of the war, but puh-lease!


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