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The Way of All Flesh (1940)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  5 July 1940 (USA)
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Paul Kriza is a cashier of a bank in a small town, and the happy husband of Anna and the father of four children. He is sent to New York to deliver some securities for the bank. There, he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kriza
Anna Kriza
William Henry ...
Paul Kriza Jr.
Muriel Angelus ...
Mary Brown
Berton Churchill ...
Reginald L. Morten
Roger Imhof ...
Franz Henzel
James Seay ...
Douglas Kennedy ...
Norma Gene Nelson ...
Mitzi as a Child (as Norma Nelson)
Tommy Bupp ...
Timothy as a Child
June Hedin ...
Julie as a Child
Victor as a boy
James West ...
Paul Jr., as a Child
John Harmon ...
James Burke ...


Paul Kriza is a cashier of a bank in a small town, and the happy husband of Anna and the father of four children. He is sent to New York to deliver some securities for the bank. There, he is tagged as easy-pickings by a con-game gang and Mary Brown, gang accomplice, proves he is. Waking up in the morning he discovers he has been robbed of the securities and, when he confronts the gang, he is hit on the head and taken out to be left on a railroad track. He comes to, struggles with the henchman and the man is killed when a train comes roaring by. Paul escapes but his watch is found and he is reported as the dead man. But he can't go home again. Written by Les Adams <>

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5 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tortura da Carne  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Remake of The Way of All Flesh (1927) See more »

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10 September 2003 | by (Surfside, FL) – See all my reviews

I saw The Way of All Flesh when I was about 8 years old. I always called it "The Man Without A Home". It was such a tear jerker that I thought my mom would need a rowboat to get out of the theater.

The most poignant scene, as I recall, was when the father trudges towards his home through the snow on Xmas eve, looks in the window and sees his entire family sitting around the Xmas tree, reminiscing about their father, worshiping his soul (they all believed he died many years ago, as seen in the film). Instead of breaking the bubble, and trying to gain entry, the father turns away and goes back away from the house. This may have been the final scene.

It is really sad that this movies is not available on VHS or DVD. I would have loved to see it. I agree that because the movie did not have any big-name stars to draw a wide audience, it slipped away.

Could you imagine the tidal wave a pairing of "The Way of All Flesh" and "Stella Dallas" would cause?

Stan Flax

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