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Black Fury (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 18 May 1935 (USA)
An immigrant coal miner finds himself in the middle of a bitter labor dispute between the workers and the mine owners.

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Joe Radek
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Anna Novak
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Slim
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McGee
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Mike (as John T. Qualen)
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Steve (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Kubanda
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Poole
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Hendricks
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Farrell (as Joe Crehan)
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Mrs. Mary Novak
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Sophie Shemanski (as Sarah Haden)
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Mr. J.J. Welsh
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Wade Boteler ...
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An immigrant coal miner finds himself in the middle of a bitter labor dispute between the workers and the mine owners.

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Charles C. Wilson is credited in studio records for the role of "Welch", but that role was played by Willard Robertson. Also, Harry Tyler in the role of "Johnny" was not seen in the print. See more »

Goofs

At c. 24 minutes Joe is counting out his money, but he is inconceivably inaccurate. After counting to 68 dollars he places two further bills on the table and counts "73" out loud. A few moments later he counts up to 75 dollars, but, after four more bills have been placed in front of him he announces "76" dollars as his total. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Paul Muni (1962) See more »

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Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano in bar during scene where men challenge Radek
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Black Fury- Incisive Labor Film ***
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fabulous Paul Muni gives another wonderful performance in this 1935 film.

With a genuine Slavic accent, Muni is superb as a coal miner who loses his girl (Karen Morley) to a company Policeman and goes on a drinking binge as a result. It is at this point that a gangster organization tries to create chaos within the union and Muni becomes their perfect foil.

J. Carrol Naish is excellent as the worker who works for this unholy organization.

Naturally, Muni's best friend is killed in a clash with company police and Muni, now sober, vows revenge.

Morley returns to Muni just in time as he goes down into the mine and starts blowing the place up. It's at this point that the film starts to go down, but with Muni's performance and the problems shown of what the coal miners had to endure plus the dishonesty in trying to break the union, all make for a very good film.


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