THE MODEL AND THE MARRIAGE BROKER – I saw this 1951 comedy on tv decades ago and it left a vivid memory but I had never seen it since and it never plays here, but this minor Cukor comedy (now on Fox Archives dvd) is sheer delight, as scripted and produced by Charles Brackett. It has that Fox early ‘50s looks in spades too, with those Fox regulars Jeanne Crain as the model and Thelma Ritter as the marriage-broker.
For our B-feature I have selected:
FLESH AND FURY. A terrific little Universal programmer from 1952, this is one of Tony Curtis’s early movies and it is easy to see how he got into movies – the camera loves him and he acquits himself well as the deaf and (initially) dumb young boxer being exploited by Jan Sterling at her venal superbitch worst: "a bloodthirsty, money-sucking blonde bombshell"; she refers to him as The Dummy, and is so rotten she even puts all her money on the other guy when it looks like Tony is going to take a fall.
Thankfully, rich nice girl Mona Freeman enters to write a story on the rising young boxer, but her father was a deaf mute and she knows sign language and before we know it Tony is having an operation to restore his hearing… how will this affect his boxing and can Mona extract him from the clutches of gold-digging Jan? This is vastly enjoyable at a cracking 79 minutes, as directed by studio regular (I won’t say hack) Joseph Pevney who certainly churned them out in the ‘50s. Wallace Ford and Connie Gilchrist provide able support. Another of Tony's young guy on the make movies, like MISTER CORY, but its a surprise treat now.