Fury (1936)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  29 May 1936 (USA)
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When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to frame the mob for his murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
District Attorney
Kirby Dawson
Edward Ellis ...
'Bugs' Meyers
George Walcott ...
Arthur Stone ...
Morgan Wallace ...
Fred Garrett
George Chandler ...
Milton Jackson
Roger Gray ...
Howard C. Hickman ...
Governor (as Howard Hickman)
Jonathan Hale ...
Defense Attorney


Based on the story "Mob Rule" by Norman Krasna. Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant are in love, but he doesn't have enough money for them to get married. So Katherine moves across the country to make money. But things go disastrously wrong for Joe when he stops in a small town and is mistaken for a wanted murderer. Through the course of the movie, Fritz Lang shows us how a decent and once civilized man can become a ruthless and bitter man. Written by Andre'a M. Thompson <athompso@ziggy.st.hmc.edu>

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TWO LOVERS...VICTIMS OF MOB VIOLENCE! (original 1936 window card poster)


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Release Date:

29 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mob Rule  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Fritz Lang's first film in Hollywood and he wasn't accustomed to labor laws that require meal breaks. Shortly after filming began Lang took a quick lunch between set-ups and resumed filming. Some of the crew members wondering about their lunch break asked Spencer Tracy, who in turn pointed out to Lang that it was "1:30 pm and the crew had yet to take their break". Lang replied that it was his set and "that I will call lunch when I think it should be called". Tracy, knowing that it would take at least 90 minutes to set his make-up, subsequently took his hand across his face and smeared the make-up hopelessly, yelled "Lunch!" and promptly walked off the set with the crew. See more »


During a montage that shows the passing of several days, Sylvia Sidney is wearing the same dress the entire time. See more »


Katherine Grant: [to Joe] If those people die, Joe Wilson dies too; you know that, don't you? Wherever you go, whatever you do.
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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
In the score during the opening scene
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13 July 2001 | by (Staten Island, NY) – See all my reviews

Tracy is fantastic as salt-of-the-earth whose soul is incinerated by fiery destruction of lynch mob. In the wake of the kidnaping of the Lindbergh baby, this was an especially emotional topic in 1936. Tracy's performance is riveting and even more-worthy of the Oscar than his Oscar winning performance that year in Captains Courageous.

Sylvia Sydney is excellent as Tracy's love interest, and Frank Albertson is superb as his hard-edged brother. Edward Ellis (title star of the Thin Man) does a good turn as the reasonable Sheriff. And Walter Brennan does an excellent job as a deputy. There are also two contrastingly poignant scenes in bars. Overall, score a home run for Fritz Lang in his first US film.

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