Flesh (1932 film)

Flesh is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film starring Wallace Beery as a German wrestler. Some of the script was written by Moss Hart and an uncredited William Faulkner, and the film was co-produced and directed by John Ford, who removed his director's credit from the picture.

Directed byJohn Ford
Produced byJohn Ford
John W. Considine Jr.
Written byMoss Hart
William Faulkner
Edmund Goulding
StarringWallace Beery
Ricardo Cortez
Karen Morley
Jean Hersholt
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byWilliam S. Gray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 8, 1932 (1932-12-08)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$837,000[1]



  • In the Coen brothers' film Barton Fink (1991), the title character deals with writer's block while attempting to write a screenplay for a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. At the time they wrote it, the Coens were reportedly unaware of this movie. Barton Fink features a character based somewhat on William Faulkner that Fink consults for help in writing the script.[2]

Box office

The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $837,000: $487,000 from the US and Canada and $350,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $49,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "That Barton Fink Feeling": An Interview with the Brothers Coen Archived 2007-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, cinepad.com; accessed 28 July 2015.
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