6.2/10
62
6 user 2 critic

The Flesh Is Weak (1957)

Pimps prey on young women coming to London for work.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Terry Collins mugs an old man, who subsequently dies. Joe Lucas finds out about it and blackmails him, threatening to turn him in to the police if he doesn't give him money. Terry then ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Jill Ireland, David McCallum, Kenneth Cope
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An insurance investigator runs into an ex-girlfriend, who is still as beautiful as he remembered her but is now married. He soon finds himself involved in arson, blackmail and murder.

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The day before a man is to be executed, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Barbara Vining is 17 years old and living with her family in a 1950s postwar English village. Her father, Henry, is a newspaper journalist and mother, Vi, a homemaker; her maiden aunt, ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Pelissier
Stars: Gene Tierney, Leo Genn, Glynis Johns
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Joe Lampton thought he had really made it by marrying the boss's daughter in his northern mill town. But he finds he is being sidelined at work and his private life manipulated by his ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Jean Simmons, Honor Blackman
Mr. Emmanuel (1944)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An elderly Jew travels from Britain to pre-war Nazi Germany to find out what's really going on.

Director: Harold French
Stars: Felix Aylmer, Greta Gynt, Walter Rilla
Murder at 3am (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police detective suspects that his sister's boyfriend is a murderer.

Director: Francis Searle
Stars: Dennis Price, Peggy Evans, Philip Saville
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, Tony Wright
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Michael Craig, Anne Heywood, Mylène Demongeot
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During World War II, an American newswoman falls for a Polish piano virtuoso...who wants to go back and fight.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Sally Gray, Derrick De Marney
Take My Life (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Marius Goring
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Paul Carpenter, Diane Hart, Jill Adams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tony Giani
...
Marissa Cooper
William Franklyn ...
Lloyd Buxton
Martin Benson ...
Angelo Giani
Freda Jackson ...
Trixie
Norman Wooland ...
Inspector Kingcombe
Harold Lang ...
Henry
...
Millie
...
Sergeant Franks
Denis Shaw ...
Saradine
...
Lofty
Roger Snowdon ...
Benny
Patricia Plunkett ...
Doris Newman
...
Edna
...
Susan
Edit

Storyline

Pimps prey on young women coming to London for work.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Newest Headlines On The Oldest Profession! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 May 1958 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Frauen, die uns nachts begegnen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Seedy Soho Shenanigans.
11 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Flesh is Weak is directed by Don Chaffey and written by Leigh Vance and Deborah Bedford. It stars John Derek, Milly Vitale, William Franklyn, Martin Benson, Freda Jackson and Norman Wooland. Music is by Tristram Cary and cinematography by Stephen Dade (not Gerry Massy- Collier as listed in some sources).

It's a British crime drama with film noir shadings. Plot finds Vitale as the innocent girl who upon visiting London falls in love with the shifty Tony Giani (Derek). Before you can say "vice girls" she finds herself facing up to the harsh realities of the Giani family operations.

It's a nasty subject that is still relevant today, but the makers handle the subject well. Obviously clipped somewhat by how far they could push the material at the time, it's still surprisingly frank with the vice girls subject to hand. Strong plot is acted accordingly, with the main characterisations carrying a believable factor that hits home the required impact.

The girls are treated with sympathetic hands, steering the story away from exploitation histrionics, and while it's a bit too stage bound to really give it some earthy strength, it's a well constructed production that's further boosted by Dade's moody photography. Interesting low rumbling horror movie type score by Cary as well. 7/10


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?