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Solid, well done programmer,
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This review is from: Flesh and Fury [DVD] (DVD)A solid, well done programmer directed by Joseph Pevney (MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES). A young deaf mute (Tony Curtis) who feels alienated because of his deafness in an era when deaf mutes were still cruelly called "dummies" channels his aggressiveness into the boxing ring. A manager (Wallace Ford) with ghosts in his past takes him under his wing as two women, a cold golddigger (Jan Sterling) who exploits him and a news reporter (Mona Freeman) each set their sights on him. Curtis is very effective so early in a career when he was known more for his looks than his talent. There are several disconcerting close ups though when it looks like he's wearing eye make-up! Sterling plays the bitch to perfection and makes a nice contrast to the vapidness of Freeman. The real "stars" of the film though might be Leslie I. Carey and Robert Pritchard, the sound team, who use sound very effectively in taking us into Curtis's soundless world. With Harry Guardino, Connie Gilchrist and Virginia Gregg.
The British DVD via Eureka! is a good B&W transfer in its proper 1.37 ratio.