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-But the Flesh Is Weak (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 9 April 1932 (USA)
The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown,... See full summary »


Jack Conway


Ivor Novello (play), Ivor Novello (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Max Clement
Nora Gregor ... Mrs. Rosine Brown
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Joan Culver
Edward Everett Horton ... Sir George Kelvin
C. Aubrey Smith ... Florian Clement
Nils Asther ... Prince Paul
Frederick Kerr ... Duke of Hampshire
Eva Moore ... Lady Florence Ridgway
Forrester Harvey ... Gooch
Desmond Roberts ... Findley
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The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown, an Austrian widow involved with a rich man. Instantly infatuated with her, Max pursues Rosine until she relents and agrees to marry him. But the elder Clement loses 4500 pounds gambling and Max decides he must marry Joan to prevent his father's imprisonment. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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IT STARTS OFF WHERE "PRIVATE LIVES" LEFT OFF. (Print Ad- Auckland Star, ((Auckland, NZ)) 5 November 1932)




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This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Sunday 13 January 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), followed by Minneapolis 26 January 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) , by Altoona PA 11 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Hartford CT 1 April 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Los Angeles 30 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Philadelphia 22 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Tampa 5 November 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8) , by Columbus on WLW-C (Channel 4) and by Baltimore 23 November 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13). Obviously, a provocative title and the pre-code aspects of the story, which often met with sponsor resistance in the major markets, flipped the coin and made this one a frequently aired favorite. See more »


Lady Joan Culver: Please forgive him, will you? He's only just in captivity and isn't house-trained.
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Very mediocre, but still interesting
18 July 2012 | by mbrindellSee all my reviews

This film is a fine example, I believe, of the many, many, many mediocre films in which the so-called "bright stars" of the past participated in.

Not unlike today, the VAST majority of Classic Hollywood's film productions were very dull and uninspired affairs; the comedies were often unfunny and the dramas were undramatic. Today, film festivals, universities and cable TV (TCM & AMC) generally display the best of the best from the Golden Years, so today's viewers becomes bias towards imagining that most of Classic Hollywood's films were indeed "classic." That, of course, is far from the truth. "But the Flesh is Weak" is a fine case in point.

It is a slightly enjoyable bit of fluff. Montgomery is well cast, but has little to do and a weak script with which to do it. C. Aubrey Smith is, well, C. Aubrey Smith--good as ever, but no surprises. Nora Gregor tries hard but falls flat. I tried to like her character, but in the end I couldn't see why most men would pant after this girl. Strangely, Heather Thatcher has a much stronger and interesting character, and she nails her "Lady Joan" nicely. When Thatcher was on the screen, I enjoyed the film much more. At times, Thatcher and Ann Harding could be confused as sisters.

So, sit back for a scant 77 minutes (they could've knocked 10 minutes off the running time), and see what a mediocre film from the pre-Code era with a big star was like. Today we pay hundreds of millions of dollars for so much mediocre nonsense on our movie screens, so why not check out this minor film from 1932.

Again, it isn't bad, but it will not receive many accolades.

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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