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The Flaming Urge (1953)

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A small town is victimized by many unexplained fires.



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Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd Jr. ...
Tom Smith
Cathy Downs ...
Charlotte Cruickshank
Byron Foulger ...
A. Horace Pender
Jonathan Hale ...
Mr. Chalmers
Bob Hughes ...
Florence Lake ...
Mrs. Binger
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Herb, fire chief
Pierre Watkin ...
Albert Cruickshank
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Cruickshank
Johnny Duncan ...
Ralph Jarvis
Larry Barton ...
The Used Car Salesman


A small town is victimized by many unexplained fires.

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21 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just finished viewing THE FLAMING URGE, primarily on the basis of the Alpha Home Entertainment cover description of Harold Lloyd, Jr. ("tormented by chronic alcoholism and masochistic homosexual urges"). One of the other reviewers here noted something that I picked up on about halfway through the film--the "flaming urge" is a 1950s code term for homosexuality. The protagonist is a young man, always neatly dressed (highlighted by a colorful bow tie), extremely polite, who must move from town to town because of his uncontrollable urge. He is unfamiliar with the normal male rituals of the period and is pretty much a loner. But everyone seems to know how to cure him - his urges will stop once he's married! An oddly amusing movie overall.

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