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Flesh and the Devil (1926)

Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Benjamin Glazer (screen play) (as Benjamin F. Glazer), Hermann Sudermann (from the novel "The Undying Past" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Leo von Harden
Greta Garbo ... Felicitas
Lars Hanson ... Ulrich von Eltz
Barbara Kent ... Hertha
William Orlamond ... Uncle Kutowski
George Fawcett ... Pastor Voss
Eugenie Besserer ... Leo's Mother
Marc McDermott ... Count von Rhaden (as Marc MacDermott)
Marcelle Corday ... Minna
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Storyline

Leo and Ulrich are life long friends. Home, on leave from their military training, Leo sees the beautiful Felicitas at the railroad station. Awed by her beauty, they meet again at the ball and quietly leave together. In her room, her husband, about whom she has neglected to inform Leo, comes in and challenges Leo to a duel. The duel is done, the Count is killed and Felicitas is a widow. Leo, however, is 'requested' to serve 5 years in Africa and he tells Ulrich to watch over Felicitas while he is gone. After 3 years, Ulrich is able to get a pardon for Leo and all that Leo thinks about on the way home is Felicitas. When he arrives, he learns that Felicitas has married Ulrich. Felicitas likes that Ulrich is rich and she never told Ulrich the truth about Leo and her. Leo is crushed and does not visit them which saddens Ulrich as he does not know the reason why. Leo tries to stay away from her, but Felicitas uses every opportunity to tempt him to return to her as her lover. She creating a... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 December 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El demonio y la carne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$373,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$603,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$658,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1988 sound)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Carmel Myers was initially slated to star opposite John Gilbert, per a 1925 MGM press-book ad. See more »

Goofs

When Leo is talking to Felicitas on the bench in the park and tells her that he must go to Africa, the position of the collar of his overcoat repeatedly changes from pulled up to flat. See more »

Quotes

Hertha: Leo and Ulrich have gone to kill each other! And you are the only one who can stop them!
Felicitas: I... what can I do?
Hertha: You can tell the truth!
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Alternate Versions

An alternate ending (included on the "Garbo Silents" DVD release of 2005) continues on from Leo and Ulrich embracing to show Leo deciding to strike up a relationship with Hertha. According to Garbo biographer Barry Paris (speaking on the DVD commentary track), this happy ending was shot by the director under protest. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

ATRA
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by William Rose
Lyrics by S.S. Wilson
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Amazing Garbo melodrama, with kinks
6 September 2005 | by michaelstep2004See all my reviews

This early Garbo vehicle is a superb, over-the-top melodrama. Garbo is a simply glorious vamp, a radiant beauty who enjoys and manipulates the passionate love of two best friends (in every sense), to their near destruction and ultimate redemption.

The relationship between the two guys -- John Gilbert and Lars Hanson -- is as homoerotically suggestive as any on film before the 1970s -- and you can see from the emotions flooding Garbo's face that she feels the competition!

Very good acting -- silent screen mode -- across the board in this nicely mounted MGM production.

A good, rich, era-appropriate musical score with Wagner/Mahler overtones adds depth to the TCM broadcast of this silent classic!

And tonight, TCM also broadcast their 90-minute "Garbo" documentary -- excellent, and a great complement to this film..

What a GREAT MOVIE STAR she was! Maybe the greatest of all?


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