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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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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29 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Six Destinies  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Michael: [to the masked Henrietta] I know your face is beautiful because you are. It couldn't be otherwise.
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Very good
11 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Doakes (Robert Benchley) is read 3 stories to help in his decision as to whether or not to believe in fate or dreams.

In the first story, its "Mardi Gras" and everyone is wearing masks and costumes. Henrietta (Betty Field), is depressed as she is ugly and is about to drown herself when a stranger (Edgar Barrier) appears. He leads her to a mask shop and tells her to pick a mask and join the festivities on condition that she return at midnight. She goes out and meets with Michael (Robert Cummings) who she has loved from afar for a considerable time. Wearing her mask, she enjoys a few hours with him before returning to the mask shop at midnight. However, Michael has followed her......

In the second story, a palmist (Thomas Mitchell) is predicting events with astonishing accuracy at a soirée at the house of Lady Pamela (May Witty). Marshall (Edward G Robinson) sees that the palmist is not being honest with him and goes to his house to insist that he tells him the truth about what he can see. He warns Marshall that he will kill someone. The rest of the tale is played out with Marshall struggling with his conscience as he picks victims to kill.....

In the third story, a tightrope-walker (Charles Boyer) has a dream that during his act he falls from the wire while staring at a woman (Barbara Stanwyck) that he has never met. The dream prompts him to cancel the dangerous part of his act. On his way over to America he meets the woman on the boat and they fall in love. He asks her to attend his next show which she does. What happens....?...........

It is well-acted and I liked the first 2 stories in particular. The only dodgy part to the 1st tale is in believing that Henrietta is ugly

  • she just isn't! In the 2nd tale, Edward G Robinson is very good as he

reconciles himself to his fate and delivers some funny lines along the way. There is also good support from the Dean (C Aubrey Smith). The 3rd story develops at a slower pace than the previous two and has an ambiguous ending.....

Its a film that you remember once it has finished.

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