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Flame and the Flesh

Flame and the Flesh(1954)

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Brief Synopsis

American Madeline (Lana Turner), a no-better-than-she-has-to-be (and then only when pushed)traveler arrives in Naples. She has an eye for men and a penchant for getting by on her wits---a 1954 term for body---and soon has a well-meaning (dumb) young composer, Ciccio (Bonar Colleano)providing her with room and board. But she has a male counterpart in Ciccio's friend, cafe-singer Nino (Carlos Thompson), who recognizes her for what she is and he decides to intercede on behalf of his friend. Black Widow Madeline welcomes him into her parlor, in a manner of speaking to get past the censors, and the next thing Nino knows, he has abandoned his wedding plans with sweet-young-thing Lisa (Pier Angeli), and runs off with Madeline. Lisa and Ciccio are left with wringing hands, and Madeline and Nino become an American/Italian version of the "Battling Bickersons" or "The Honeymooners", with none of the fun.

Cast & Crew

Richard Brooks Director
Lana Turner Madeline [Duvain]
Bonar Colleano Ciccio [Duvario]
Marne Maitland Filiberto
Eric Pohlmann Marina proprietor
Catharina Ferraz Dressmaker
Christopher Challis Director of Photography
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Los Angeles opening: 1 May 1954; New York opening: 2 May 1954
Release Date:  1954 Production Date:  [up to 1.85:1]
EBX; UCLA has VHS P-VA15616M and 16mm in Turner C
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Loew's Inc.
Sound:  Mono (Western Electric Sound System) Production Co:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Duration(mins):  not available Country:  Great Britain and United States
Duration(feet):  9,393    
Duration(reels):  11    

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  • flame and the flesh

    michael d. 2013-09-07

    I have a very poor quality dvd of this film. The first half of the film is so degraded that it is difficult to appreciate the quality of the color. The... MORE>