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The Way of All Flesh (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 5 July 1940 (USA)
Paul Kriza is a cashier of a bank in a small town, and the happy husband of Anna and the father of four children. He is sent to New York to deliver some securities for the bank. There, he ... See full summary »


Louis King


Lajos Biró (story), Jules Furthman (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Akim Tamiroff ... Paul Kriza
Gladys George ... Anna Kriza
William Henry ... Paul Kriza Jr.
Muriel Angelus ... Mary Brown
Berton Churchill ... Reginald L. Morten
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Franz Henzel
James Seay ... Varno
Douglas Kennedy ... Timothy
Norma Gene Nelson ... Mitzi as a Child (as Norma Nelson)
Tommy Bupp ... Timothy as a Child
June Hedin June Hedin ... Julie as a Child
Darryl Hickman ... Victor as a boy
James West James West ... Paul Jr., as a Child
John Harmon ... Pete
James Burke ... Frisco


Paul Kriza is a cashier of a bank in a small town, and the happy husband of Anna and the father of four children. He is sent to New York to deliver some securities for the bank. There, he is tagged as easy-pickings by a con-game gang and Mary Brown, gang accomplice, proves he is. Waking up in the morning he discovers he has been robbed of the securities and, when he confronts the gang, he is hit on the head and taken out to be left on a railroad track. He comes to, struggles with the henchman and the man is killed when a train comes roaring by. Paul escapes but his watch is found and he is reported as the dead man. But he can't go home again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tortura da Carne See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Remake of The Way of All Flesh (1927) See more »

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searching for my dad's 80th birthday
20 January 2006 | by cefoanSee all my reviews

I can't believe I have found someone who has a VHS copy of this film. My father has talked to me about this film all my life. It's his number one favourite and I would love to get him a copy to watch one more time. It's his 80th birthday in December and I've now set myself the mission of getting him a copy by then. If anyone can point me in the right direction (even to borrow) in any format, I'd really appreciate it. Someone in 2001 mentioned buying it from the 'backwoods' in the US - can you give me details? Does anyone know why it hasn't made it onto TV in UK? I love a good old weepy and this sounds like it's up there with the best - WOnderful Life and all that. I saw a similar one about a girl who denies her black African heritage and thus her mother until the mother dies and she weeps over the coffin - buckets. Sadly I can't remember the name of that film, one I'd like to see again so I understand my dad's feelings HELP!

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