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Flesh and Fury

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Director  Joseph Pevney
Running time  1h 23m
Art director  Bernard Herzbrun
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Language  English
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Cast  Tony Curtis (Paul Callan), Jan Sterling (Sonya Bartow), Mona Freeman (Ann Hollis), Wallace Ford (Jack 'Pop' Richardson), Connie Gilchrist (Mrs. Richardson), Katherine Locke (Mrs. Hollis)
Release date  1952
Writer  William Alland (story), Bernard Gordon
Similar movies  The Transporter Refueled, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Million Dollar Baby, Raging Bull, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Tagline  FURY IN HIS FISTS!...two kinds of women in his arms!

Flesh and Fury is a 1952 film noir drama sport film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling and Mona Freeman.


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Boxing fan Sonya Bartow and manager Pop Richardson are both impressed the first time they see amateur Paul Callan win a fight. They are more amazed, and Sonya somewhat appalled, when they discover later that Paul is deaf.


Pop agrees to train him, even though he's still not quite over the death in the ring of a former protege. A romantic relationship begins with Sonya, but she refuses to marry Paul until he's a champion. She impatiently pushes Pop to set up a title fight, even if he isn't ready yet.

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When a reporter, Ann Hollis, comes to interview Paul, she uses sign language. Sonya mocks it as a "dummy" language and Paul explains that he has always been reluctant to use it. Ann begins seeing Paul socially, takes him to a deaf-children's school and introduces him to her deaf father, a successful architect. Sonya drunkenly threatens to kill Ann if she doesn't leave Paul alone.

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A doctor performs an operation that restores Paul's hearing. He rushes to Ann's house, but a party there is so noisy that it confuses and overwhelms him. Paul goes back to Sonya and is excitedly told that a fight's been arranged with Logan, the champ. Paul discovers that Sonya has hidden a telegram from the doctor, explaining that a beating in the ring could cause him to again go deaf.

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Sonya bets heavily on the fight, but on Paul to lose. The punches he absorbs cause his hearing to fade. With all the distracting noise tuned out, Paul rallies to win the fight. He reunites with Ann, and is relieved when he can hear her speak.


  • Tony Curtis as Paul Callan
  • Jan Sterling as Sonya Bartow
  • Mona Freeman as Ann Hollis
  • Wallace Ford as Jack 'Pop' Richardson
  • Connie Gilchrist as Mrs. Richardson
  • Katherine Locke as Mrs. Hollis
  • Harry Shannon as Mike Callan - Paul Father
  • Louis Jean Heydt as Whity
  • Tom Powers as Andy Randoph
  • Nella Walker as Mrs. Hackett
  • Harry Guardino as Lou Callan - Paul's Brother
  • Joe Gray as Cliff
  • Harry Ravan as Murphy
  • Ted Stanhope as Maris - the Bulter
  • References

    Flesh and Fury Wikipedia
    Flesh and Fury IMDb Flesh and Fury