Flesh (1932)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama, Sports Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 8, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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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extramarital-affair, old-flame, wrestling-professional, husband, Germany, champion