Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

“I guess I met the right man at the wrong time. ” – Joan Stanley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Anthology of stories dealing with the occult and superstition.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recently came across by accident and was interested in seeing because it is presented as an anthology of three shorter stories that each deal with different aspects of the occult.

As someone who is not a fan of horror films, I was a bit deterred to watch at first, but being that this was made in the 1940’s with an all star cast sold me on it.

The three stories are each very diverse and show varying viewpoints of the ideas of superstition and the occult and plays out quite well in keeping things interesting throughout.

Charles Boyer, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Cummings and Thomas Mitchell all help keep things so engaging from start to finish.

The way that each of the stories have minor connections to the others also helps show that these stories all take place within the same ‘universe’ including within the bookend scenes where these stories are being told.

The final scene is perfectly set up and has some great insight into the impact of these stories on the characters discussing these tales.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A fourth story was filmed but was cut from the final print; it was to open the film and the discovery of the drowned body was to link it to the mask story. The cut footage was expanded into a feature film, 1944’s “Destiny” with Alan Curtis and Gloria Jean. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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