Flesh and the Devil (1926)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 December 1926 (USA)
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Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved.



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Complete credited cast:
Lars Hanson ...
Ulrich von Eltz
William Orlamond ...
Uncle Kutowski
George Fawcett ...
Pastor Voss
Eugenie Besserer ...
Leo's Mother
Count von Rhaden
Marcelle Corday ...


Leo and Ulrich are life long friends. Home, on leave from their military training, Leo sees the beautiful Felicitas at the railroad station. Awed by her beauty, they meet again at the ball and quietly leave together. In her room, her husband, about whom she has neglected to inform Leo, comes in and challenges Leo to a duel. The duel is done, the Count is killed, and Felicitas is a widow. Leo, however, is 'requested' to serve 5 years in Africa and he tells Ulrich to watch over Felicitas while he is gone. After 3 years, Ulrich is able to get a pardon for Leo, and all that Leo thinks about on the way home is Felicitas. When he arrives, he learns that Felicitas has married Ulrich. Felicitas likes that Ulrich is rich and she never told Ulrich the truth about Leo and her. Leo is crushed and does not visit them which saddens Ulrich as he does not know the reason why. Leo tries to stay away from her, but Felicitas uses every opportunity to tempt him to return to her as her lover. She creating... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 December 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El demonio y la carne  »

Box Office


$373,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the film's stars, Barbara Kent, and one of its writers, Frederica Sagor, lived to be over 100. Kent died on October 13, 2011 at the age of 103 whereas Sagor died on January 5, 2012 at the age of 111, making her one of the few supercentenarians well known for reasons other than longevity. See more »


When Leo is talking to Felicitas on the bench in the park and tells her that he must go to Africa, the position of the collar of his overcoat repeatedly changes from pulled up to flat. See more »


Felicitas: I... what can I do?
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1988) See more »


Flesh and the Devil Theme
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Owens
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Garbo gives the most erotic performance and stays fully clothed
25 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Flesh and the Devil is a classic. It shows how an actress could use her face and eyes to seduce and not have to speak one word. Greta Garbo in the scene where John Gilbert and she leave the party and step outside-is truly erotic-it is so sad that now days we show everything-there is and never will be another Garbo. She was stunning! And what she does in that one scene puts all other actresses to shame! Sorry but Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct does not compare to the classiness-of not showing any skin. And I personally like Sharon Stone as a person and she is very charismatic but in thinking of a comparison of a seductress-I say Garbo wins out over them all-see this film and let me know if you agree! Also John Gilbert has been so overlooked, a very handsome and charismatic star in his own right. So sad that he passed so young.

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