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Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

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An anthology of three loosely connected occult tales, with ironic and romantic twists.



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Complete credited cast:
Marshall Tyler (Episode 2)
Paul Gaspar (Episode 3)
Joan Stanley (Episode 3)
Betty Field ...
Henrietta (Episode 1)
Michael (Episode 1)
Charles Winninger ...
King Lamarr (Episode 3)
Rowena (Episode 2)
Lady Pamela Hardwick (Episode 2)
Dean of Norwalk (Episode 2)
Robert Benchley ...
Edgar Barrier ...
Stranger in Mask Shop (Episode 1)
David Hoffman ...
Davis (Framing Story)


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 <>

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29 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Six Destinies  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 23, 1945 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. See more »


Jeff: [to Paul] Well, we all have dreams. Like the time I dream my wife up and leaves me. I was mighty happy till I woke up and found out she was still there.
Jeff: [He laughs] Then I dreamed it over and over again, and every time that I woke up, there she still was. Got so now I don't pay no attention to no dreams about her. I just groans.
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Three-part anthology from Universal
9 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1943's "Flesh and Fantasy" is included in the Brunas-Brunas-Weaver book UNIVERSAL HORRORS, and as such gained a distinction it probably never wanted. Unusual for the studio, it's an anthology film comprised of three tales about personal responsibility and shaping one's fate, with slight supernatural overtones. Like 1945's "Dead of Night" and its Amicus offspring, we have a framing story, the delightful Robert Benchley playing off against David Hoffman (the face announcing the 'Inner Sanctum' series). Story one stars Betty Field as a plain-looking woman whose belief in her own unattractiveness has left her lonely and bitter; a chance encounter with a bearded stranger (Edgar Barrier) offers her a mask to disguise her ugliness from the man she's loved from afar, who now recognizes her beauty during an evening of Mardi Gras. This seems a bit overlong even at a mere 27 minutes, but the second story breezes by quickly, top billing Edward G. Robinson as wealthy attorney Marshall Tyler, whose belief in an eccentric palmist (Thomas Mitchell) nets him the woman of his dreams, but an ominous future in discord. Only when pressed further does the prognosticator confess that Tyler is going to kill someone; he becomes so obsessed with who his victim should be that he neglects his beautiful bride-to-be (Anna Lee) and comes to a bad end. Story three pairs Charles Boyer and Barbara Stanwyck, but its drawn out shipboard romance is a letdown coming after the best segment. What was intended to be the first tale in a four-part anthology was excised and reshaped into a 64 minute feature, 1944's "Destiny," which may have been the most dazzling of all; judge for yourself. Unbilled bits come from Peter Lawford, Marjorie Lord, Jacqueline Dalya, Doris Lloyd, Ian Wolfe, Clarence Muse, and Grace McDonald (who played a different character in "Destiny").

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