In the wrestling ring, Polakai is a colossus of muscle, sinew and sweat. At home with the tough-cookie ex-con he's married, he is a gentle giant. But his kindness is not enough to stop his wife from pursuing an illicit affair.
In the wrestling ring, Polakai is a colossus of muscle, sinew and sweat. At home with the tough-cookie ex-con he's married and saved from the streets, he is a gentle giant. But his kindness is not enough to stop his wife from pursuing an illicit affair that topples Polakai into professional and personal ruin. Legendary director John Ford brings his clean, visually poetic style to Flesh, guiding Wallace Beery (in the year of his Best Actor Oscar win for The Champ) and Karen Morley (Scarface) to some of the finest work of their careers. As touching as it is uncompromising, Flesh takes its characters to the dark regions of their souls - and ends with a quiet, unforgettable scene that offers a hope for redemption.
FLESH was one of the few big-studio films to deal with the subject of professional wrestling--at least until Hulk Hogan came along in the 1980s. Wallace Beery stars as a thickheaded waiter in a German beer garden who uses his muscles to clear out rowdy patrons. Beery channels his strength into a wrestling career, grappling his way up to the championship. His wife Karen Morley enjoys the creature comforts of Beery's success, but her heart belongs to her ex-lover Ricardo Cortez, and soon Karen is stepping out on her husband. Beery finds out and exacts a terrible revenge on Cortez--just minutes after Karen wises up and realizes she loves Beery after all. John Ford directed FLESH in a heavy Germanic fashion reminiscent of the Emil Jannings "cuckolded husband" melodramas of the 1920s.
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