In honour of Tony Curtis who sadly passed away a couple of days ago, I finally got round to watching a DVD which has been gathering dust on my shelf for quite some time – Flesh and Fury, and it was a lot better than I was expecting it to be. Click the above image for full 1920 x 1080 resolution wallpaper.

Curtis plays Paul Callan, a deaf boxer who is being exploited by his loathsome, gold-digging girlfriend Sonya Bartow (played by Jan Sterling). When a journalist arrives on the scene (Mona Freeman as Ann Hollis) to write a human interest story on Callan, they quickly fall for each other and Callan undergoes an operation to restore his hearing, with life, and career-changing results.

The film is a perfect early vehicle for Curtis. Even though later in his career he was to show some undeniable acting skill and range (Sweet Smell of Success, Some Like it Hot, The Boston Strangler etc.. ) it’s safe to say that he was initially given roles because of his good-looks, a point that Curtis himself seemed to be very aware of in his books and interviews. So a film where he plays a muscle-bound, athletic boxer who is mute due to deafness was tailor-made for Curtis at this point in his career.

The boxing matches, while not up there with the likes of “Body and Soul“, are still very well shot and edited, and pretty realistic for the most part. The film’s plot is fairly shallow, predictable and saccharin sweet at times, but at a brief 80 minutes long, it is swift enough to remain entertaining.

While not one of the all-time greats, if you are looking for an easy to watch, light drama on a Sunday afternoon, or just want to see why Curtis was so adored by women, you could do a lot worse than Flesh and Fury.

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