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Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

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

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Marshall Tyler (Episode 2)
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Paul Gaspar (Episode 3)
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Henrietta (Episode 1)
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Michael (Episode 1)
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Charles Winninger ...
King Lamarr (Episode 3)
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Rowena (Episode 2)
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Lady Pamela Hardwick (Episode 2)
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Dean of Norwalk (Episode 2)
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Stranger in Mask Shop (Episode 1)
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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 Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 16, 1945 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role. See more »

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Joan Stanley: I guess I met the right man at the wrong time.
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Charming
19 April 2005 | by (NYC) – See 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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