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27 March 1952 (USA) See more »
"YOU CAN'T TAME A GUY LIKE TONY...WITH JUST A KISS!" A Champion's Fury in His Fists...a Naked Longing in His Heart! See more »
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Tony Curtis ... Paul Callan

Jan Sterling ... Sonya Bartow

Mona Freeman ... Ann Hollis

Wallace Ford ... Jack 'Pop' Richardson
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Richardson
Katherine Locke ... Mrs. Hollis
Harry Shannon ... Mike Callan - Paul's Father

Louis Jean Heydt ... Whitey
Tom Powers ... Andy Randolph

Nella Walker ... Mrs. Hackett

Harry Guardino ... Lou Callan - Paul's Brother

Joe Gray ... Cliff
Harry Raven ... Murphy
Ted Stanhope ... Maris - the Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eleanor Bassett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Norman Bishop ... Lugano (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Student (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Student (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Teacher (uncredited)
Harold Bostwick ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
Milt Bronson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patricia Burschinger ... Teacher (uncredited)

Harry Cheshire ... Dr. Gundling (uncredited)
George Chirello ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Referee (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Maid (uncredited)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Broadway Character (uncredited)
Bob Donnelly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Timekeeper for Logan Fight (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Dr. Buell (uncredited)
Paul Ely ... Student (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Rocky (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bryan Forbes ... Fighter (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Mother (uncredited)
Raymond Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Gray ... George (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Claire (uncredited)
Jack Hagen ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
George Hamilton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ron Hargrave ... Logan (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Laughing Woman (uncredited)
Tommy Herman ... Referee (uncredited)
Ed Hinkle ... Student (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Cop (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Lake ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Referee (uncredited)
Stanley McKay ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ... Broadway Character (uncredited)
Lee Millar ... Jeff (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Announcer for Logan Fight (uncredited)
Joel Nestler ... Terry (uncredited)
Paul Pargo ... Fighter (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Man (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Inspector (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Dr. Lester (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Referee (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Logan's Cornerman (uncredited)
Sam Pierce ... Nash (uncredited)
Marvin Press ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rito Punay ... Fighter (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Cop (uncredited)
Bruce Richardson ... Joe Burns (uncredited)
Dora Sayers ... Dr. Buell's Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Logan's Manager (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Referee for Lugano Fight (uncredited)
Evelyn Stahleme ... Teacher (uncredited)
Buddy Sullivan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
Bobby Taylor ... Small Boy (uncredited)
John Tuggle ... Urchin (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Referee for Logan Fight (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Referee for Burns Fight (uncredited)
Virginia Walling ... Nurse Jackson (uncredited)
Imel Walters ... Gym Teacher (uncredited)
Paul Weber ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Judy Wiard ... Girl (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Businessman (uncredited)
Bud Winters ... Referee (uncredited)
Richard Winters ... Urchin (uncredited)
Buddy Wright ... Mendoza (uncredited)
Will Yaeger ... Alfred (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Pevney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Alland  story
Bernard Gordon 

Produced by
Leonard Goldstein .... producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter 
Cinematography by
Irving Glassberg 
Film Editing by
Virgil W. Vogel 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Emrich Nicholson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gene Anderson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Music Department
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Marjorie Ramsey .... technical advisor
Frankie Van .... boxing advisor
Leslie Urbach .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
83 min | West Germany:78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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In the climactic boxing match, Tony Curtis's weight is announced as 146 and a half pounds, his opponent's as 147 pounds.See more »
Sonya Bartow:I love you too, Paul... in my own funny way.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Curtis, Sterling shine in Joseph Pevney's solid boxing story, 18 May 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

No other sport has given rise to as many superior movies as our most barbaric one, prizefighting. Joseph Pevney's Flesh and Fury may fall short of superior, but it's well above average and shows its principal actors in the most flattering light: Tony Curtis does proud in one of his first starring roles, while Jan Sterling contributes possibly her finest performance.

Curtis (in the pouty fulsomeness of his young manhood) boxes for $25 purses when he catches the eye of Sterling, a bloodthirsty and avaricious ringside habitué. The only catch is that Curtis is deaf and dumb, but that suits Sterling just swell - his disability makes him more vulnerable to her control. She pushes his career forward too fast for the liking of his manager (Wallace Ford), but Curtis seems all but unstoppable.

Enter Mona Freeman, reporter from Panorama magazine, to do a feature on the hearing-impaired welterweight. It's her kind of story; her father, a wealthy Long Island architect, was deaf, too, so she learned how to sign - a skill Curtis has let lapse as it calls attention to his shortcoming. But exposed to a world of greater possibilities, Curtis undergoes an operation that restores his hearing.

There's the inevitable canker, however. Curtis' self-assurance in the ring came in part from his obliviousness to the din of the crowd. What's more, the pretentious babble he hears at a party in Freeman's posh mansion convinces him that he has more in common with the strident Sterling than with the privileged Freeman (the William Alland/Bernard Gordon script shows a firm grasp of class frictions). He decides to return to boxing, even though his doctor has warned him that he risks losing his newly regained hearing....

Joesph Pevney remains an overlooked director. He started out as an actor (he debuted in Nocturne as the peripatetic piano player) but soon moved behind the camera, helming a number of offbeat and compulsively watchable movies in and around the noir cycle: Shakedown, Iron Man, Meet Danny Wilson, Female on the Beach, The Midnight Story. In the late '50s, he made the move to television, directing a number of classic series. Not everybody who ended up working for the small screen did so because of mediocrity; some, like Pevney, were in demand because of their solid track record - because of movies like Flesh and Fury.

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