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The Flesh Is Weak (1957)

Pimps prey on young women coming to London for work.

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Tony Giani
Milly Vitale ...
Marissa Cooper
William Franklyn ...
Lloyd Buxton
Martin Benson ...
Angelo Giani
Freda Jackson ...
Trixie
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Henry
Patricia Jessel ...
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Saradine
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Lofty
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Pimps prey on young women coming to London for work.

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27 May 1958 (Sweden)  »

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Giani's Girls
17 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One or two performances in this story of prostitution and the pimps behind it made this an interesting film. The United States hadn't seen such a blatant tale with such a good cast before; this is why this film caught the attention of the viewers. The writing was terse and pointed; the black-and-white cinematography made the picture riveting in much of its running time. The direction of the film is excellent and always tasteful.

Certainly, nothing in John Derek's film history gave a hint that he even knew what a pimp was, nor had he played a villain before. His performance was slick and believable. Milly Vitale had played completely sympathetic roles in the films for which U.S. audience knew her -- "War and Peace" and "The Seven Little Foys" -- but roles that amounted to nothing, so her performance in this small, dark film was a welcome surprise.

The remainder of the company -- Martin Benson, Freda Jackson, Patricia Jessel, Shirley Ann Field, and others -- were slightly known here at this time, later to make their superior talents known both on stage and screen; in this film, their contributions are very welcome!

A good British film and a better use of these actors' talents than American cinema gave them!


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