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Flesh and the Devil (1926)

Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Benjamin Glazer (screen play) (as Benjamin F. Glazer), Hermann Sudermann (from the novel "The Undying Past" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Leo von Harden
Greta Garbo ... Felicitas
Lars Hanson ... Ulrich von Eltz
Barbara Kent ... Hertha
William Orlamond ... Uncle Kutowski
George Fawcett ... Pastor Voss
Eugenie Besserer ... Leo's Mother
Marc McDermott ... Count von Rhaden (as Marc MacDermott)
Marcelle Corday ... Minna
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Storyline

Leo and Ulrich are life long friends. Home, on leave from their military training, Leo sees the beautiful Felicitas at the railroad station. Awed by her beauty, they meet again at the ball and quietly leave together. In her room, her husband, about whom she has neglected to inform Leo, comes in and challenges Leo to a duel. The duel is done, the Count is killed and Felicitas is a widow. Leo, however, is 'requested' to serve 5 years in Africa and he tells Ulrich to watch over Felicitas while he is gone. After 3 years, Ulrich is able to get a pardon for Leo and all that Leo thinks about on the way home is Felicitas. When he arrives, he learns that Felicitas has married Ulrich. Felicitas likes that Ulrich is rich and she never told Ulrich the truth about Leo and her. Leo is crushed and does not visit them which saddens Ulrich as he does not know the reason why. Leo tries to stay away from her, but Felicitas uses every opportunity to tempt him to return to her as her lover. She creating a... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 December 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El demonio y la carne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$373,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$603,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$658,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1988 sound)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first scene between John Gilbert and Greta Garbo, in the train station, was also the first time Gilbert ever saw Garbo. He falls in love on camera, so completely in love that he never went back home to his wife. See more »

Goofs

When Leo is talking to Felicitas on the bench in the park and tells her that he must go to Africa, the position of the collar of his overcoat repeatedly changes from pulled up to flat. See more »

Quotes

Pastor Voss: My sermon this morning will be: 'David hath done evil in my sight, and his deed stinks before Heaven!' For David hath seduced Uriah's wife! And David had slain Uriah... so that the woman might tarry with him! And I found David not repenting in sackcloth and ashes...!... but flaunting his sin in public places... and on his right hand was Uriah's wife! Yea, David, thou hast broken the Lord's holy commandment...!... and a fire from Heaven shall consume thee...!... thee and that woman who sits in ...
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Alternate Versions

An alternate ending (included on the "Garbo Silents" DVD release of 2005) continues on from Leo and Ulrich embracing to show Leo deciding to strike up a relationship with Hertha. According to Garbo biographer Barry Paris (speaking on the DVD commentary track), this happy ending was shot by the director under protest. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Rang, M'Lord?: The Wounds of War (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

ATRA
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by William Rose
Lyrics by S.S. Wilson
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Garbo gives the most erotic performance and stays fully clothed
25 October 2005 | by txwildswanSee all my reviews

Flesh and the Devil is a classic. It shows how an actress could use her face and eyes to seduce and not have to speak one word. Greta Garbo in the scene where John Gilbert and she leave the party and step outside-is truly erotic-it is so sad that now days we show everything-there is and never will be another Garbo. She was stunning! And what she does in that one scene puts all other actresses to shame! Sorry but Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct does not compare to the classiness-of not showing any skin. And I personally like Sharon Stone as a person and she is very charismatic but in thinking of a comparison of a seductress-I say Garbo wins out over them all-see this film and let me know if you agree! Also John Gilbert has been so overlooked, a very handsome and charismatic star in his own right. So sad that he passed so young.


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