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Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 29 October 1943 (USA)
An anthology of three loosely connected occult tales, with ironic and romantic twists.


Julien Duvivier


Ellis St. Joseph (story), Oscar Wilde (story "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime") | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Marshall Tyler (Episode 2)
Charles Boyer ... Paul Gaspar (Episode 3)
Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Stanley (Episode 3)
Betty Field ... Henrietta (Episode 1)
Robert Cummings ... Michael (Episode 1)
Thomas Mitchell ... Septimus Podgers (Episode 2)
Charles Winninger ... King Lamarr (Episode 3)
Anna Lee ... Rowena (Episode 2)
May Whitty ... Lady Pamela Hardwick (Episode 2) (as Dame May Whitty)
C. Aubrey Smith ... Dean of Norwalk (Episode 2)
Robert Benchley ... Doakes (Framing Story)
Edgar Barrier ... Stranger in Mask Shop (Episode 1)
David Hoffman ... Davis (Framing Story)


Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of 4 fates...8 lives...any one of which could by yours! (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 27 October 1943) See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance


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The final film of Harry Stubbs. See more »


Joan Stanley: I guess I met the right man at the wrong time.
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Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

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Dreams, Premonitions, and Predictions
1 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although not as good as Tales Of Manhattan where some of the anthology episodes leaned toward comedy, Flesh And Fantasy is like three Twilight Zone episodes strung together. Three fair to middle episodes of that show.

By far the best is Edward G. Robinson, a rather self assured gentleman who doesn't believe in any of this supernatural bunk. At a party he gets his palm read by spiritualist Thomas Mitchell who says that his future shows he will commit an act of murder. As the prediction takes over and he gives way to it, his decision than is who to murder that might do him and the world the most good.

The other two are all right and both lean toward romance. Plain girl Betty Field gets a mask of beauty to bolster her self esteem as she meets up with Bob Cummings on Mardi Gras night. A mysterious stranger played by Edgar Barrier in a beard makes it happen for them, but in a most unusual way.

Charles Boyer and Barbara Stanwyck star in the third episode where Boyer is bothered by a persistent dream of falling from the high wire where he does his circus act. He's got an unusual twist in his routine, he plays a man pretending to be drunk on the high wire and his planned stumbling moves make it all the more dangerous. In the dream he meets Barbara Stanwyck who is in the audience. Later on they meet and fall in love. But it ends for them in another unusual way and in fact it might not be the end.

Club members Robert Benchley and David Hoffman read these stories and discuss the supernatural in between stories. Their parts truly could have been dispensed with.

Not the best anthology movie, but all right and the players acquit themselves well, stars and supporters.

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29 October 1943 (USA) See more »

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Six Destinies See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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