IMDb > Fury (1936)
Fury
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Fury (1936) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 9 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Fury -- Trailer for Fury

Overview

User Rating:
7.9/10   7,210 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 10% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Bartlett Cormack (screen play) and
Fritz Lang (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Fury on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
29 May 1936 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
TWO LOVERS...VICTIMS OF MOB VIOLENCE! (original 1936 window card poster)
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Mob Momentum See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvia Sidney ... Katherine Grant

Spencer Tracy ... Joe Wilson

Walter Abel ... District Attorney

Bruce Cabot ... Kirby Dawson
Edward Ellis ... Sheriff

Walter Brennan ... 'Bugs' Meyers

Frank Albertson ... Charlie
George Walcott ... Tom
Arthur Stone ... Durkin
Morgan Wallace ... Fred Garrett
George Chandler ... Milton Jackson
Roger Gray ... Stranger

Edwin Maxwell ... Vickery
Howard C. Hickman ... Governor (as Howard Hickman)
Jonathan Hale ... Defense Attorney
Leila Bennett ... Edna Hooper
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Whipple
Helen Flint ... Franchette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Plumber (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Peanut Vendor (uncredited)
Ricca Allen ... Townswoman Gossip (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Oscar - Bartender (uncredited)
F. Blinn ... Juror (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Man (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Baggage Clerk (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ... Farmer (uncredited)
Harry Burkhardt ... Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
Eugene Burr ... Man at Elevator (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Judge Daniel Hopkins (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Albert's Mother (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Mayor Pippen (uncredited)
Jane Corcoran ... Praying Townswoman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Frank - Lockup Keeper (uncredited)
Alexander Cross ... Outgoing Watchman (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Factory Foreman (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... Jury Member (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Townswoman Gossip (uncredited)
Belle Donovan ... Myrtle - Sheriff's Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Townsman Store Owner (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Juror (uncredited)
Edgar Edwards ... Tomato Thrower / Arsonist Defendant (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Foy ... Townswoman Defendant (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
Jack Grey ... Townsman - Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Walter Gordon - aka Goofy (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Edna Mae Harris ... Black Woman (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Jasper Anderson - Defendant (uncredited)
Raymond Hatton ... Hector - Barber (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Lem - Jailer (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Daniel L. Haynes ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Fay Helm ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Miner - Townsman Mob Defendant (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Incoming Watchman (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Grouch (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Uncle Billy (uncredited)
Clarence Kolb ... Durkin's Friend (uncredited)

Gwen Lee ... Mrs. Fred Garrett (uncredited)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
Wally Maher ... Ted Fitzgerald - Chief Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Paul McAllister ... Passerby (uncredited)
Harry McCoy ... Adams' Assistant (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Townsman Mob Defendant (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Hysterical Townswoman at Trial (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Townsman Deputy - Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Walter Judd - Townsman Mob Defendant (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Adams' Assistant (uncredited)
Esther Muir ... Girl in Apartment Listening to Radio (uncredited)
Elsa Newell ... Roadside Diner Owner (uncredited)
William Newell ... Roadside Service Station Owner (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Youthful Mob Defendant (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Jorgeson - Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
James Quinn ... Dawson's Friend (uncredited)
Ruth Renick ... Mrs. Sally Humphries (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Sven Ahern - Barber (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lucille Stafford ... Townswoman Gossip (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Drunk Leaving Bar (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Hardware Man (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Townsman Mob Defendant (uncredited)
Denny Sullivan ... Townsman Mob Defendant (uncredited)
Everett Sullivan ... New Deputy (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Dynamiter (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Miss Tuttle (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Governor's Aide (uncredited)
Albert Taylor ... Old Man (uncredited)

Terry ... Rainbow - Joe's Dog (uncredited)
Tommy Tomlinson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Fanny (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Assistant Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Huey White ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Dorothea Wolbert ... Hector's Wife (uncredited)
Buck Woods ... Bartender (uncredited)
Janet Young ... Prim Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Bartlett Cormack (screen play) and
Fritz Lang (screen play)

Norman Krasna (based on a story by)

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
J.J. Cohn .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
William LeVanway (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lesley Selander .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hazel Abrams .... stand-in: Sylvia Sidney (uncredited)
Jerry Schumaker .... stand-in: Spencer Tracy (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
92 min (Turner library print)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1937) | Germany:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1936) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2229)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names): Ralph Bushman (Young Teacher), Lew Harvey (Mug in Poolroon), Jack Perry (Man in Poolroom), Duke York (Taxi Driver), Erville Alderson (Plumber), Edward LeSaint (Doctor), Clara Blandick (Judge's Wife), Ward Bond (First Objector in Movie Theater) and Charles Coleman (Innkeeper)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Joe is shown standing looking into a flower shop window imagining his future life without Kathleen he turns around but the next shot shows him standing in front of a haberdashery.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Wilson:"I got you a little momentum." He meant memento.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Sound of Fury (1950)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
54 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Mob Momentum, 12 May 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Famed German director Fritz Lang's first American film, Fury, is loosely based on a story by Norman Krasna, "Mob Rule", which itself was based on the tale of California's last public lynching, in 1933, of Thomas Harold Thurmond and John M. Holmes, the kidnappers and murderers of Brooke Hart, the "son" in San Jose's L. Hart and Son Department Store. Fury is a fine exploration (although not an analysis) of the mentality of vengeance, whether from a mob, as in the first half of the film, or from an individual, as in the latter half. It is loaded with fine acting and an unusually constructed script by Lang and co-writer Bartlett Cormack, although it is not without flaws.

Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) is deeply in love with Katherine Grant (Sylvia Sidney). Wilson lives in the Chicago area in a small apartment with his two brothers, Charlie (Frank Albertson) and Tom (George Walcott). Wilson wants to marry Grant, but they're short on money. Despite the relationship hardships it will entail, Grant returns to Texas to work--she'll be making good money there, while Wilson tries to improve his lot in Illinois. Wilson finally manages to buy a gas station with his brothers, and earns enough to buy a car and take a road trip, with his dog Rainbow in tow, to meet Grant so they can get married. When he's almost there, Wilson is suddenly stopped by a sheriff's deputy in the small town of Strand. They question him about a kidnapping. Two minor details make him more suspicious, and so they decide to hold him in the town jail while the D.A. looks into his background. Rumors makes their way around the town and things go horribly wrong, bringing us to mob mentality, lynchings and vengeance.

Lynchings were an emerging social problem in the early 1930s. There were 60 known lynchings in the U.S. between 1930 and 1934. Beginning in 1934, the earliest of the "anti-lynching" bills was presented to the U.S. Congress, and that number grew to 140 different bills by 1940. The visual arts also voiced in on the issue--one museum held "An Art Commentary on Lynching" exhibition in 1934. So Fury was certainly pertinent to our culture at the time, and was one of many films to come, such as Mervyn LeRoy's They Won't Forget (1937) that centered on strong anti-lynching sentiments (believe it or not, there were also pro-lynching films, such as Cecil B. DeMille's This Day and Age, 1933).

It's interesting to note that although lynching was primarily a "racial"-oriented phenomenon, Lang was not allowed to comment on that very much. There are a couple shots of blacks in the film, but they are extremely innocuous. Anything even more slightly controversial was excised at MGM's (and specifically Louis B. Mayer's) behest.

Fury's structure is very unusual, contributing even more to its unpredictable, captivating nature. It begins as an almost bland romance while Lang sets up the characters and their slightly exaggerated innocence, turns into an interesting hardship film, briefly becomes a road movie, switches gears again when Wilson is arrested, and actually presents a profoundly impactful climax at the midway point--it seems as if the film could end there. The second half makes a major u-turn as what could be seen as an extended tag/dénouement becomes an in-depth courtroom drama that builds to a second climax. The second half allows Lang to explore the same vengeance mentality as the first half, except from an individual rather than the previous mob perspective.

Although the second climax denotes a fine work of art on its own--there are some very moving performances and developments towards the end of the courtroom stuff, the star attraction is the gradually building mob material in the middle. What begins as an annoyance for Wilson turns into widespread tragedy as the rumor mill gears up and easygoing conformism rears its ugly head. Of course it is well known that Lang came to America to escape Nazi Germany, where he had been asked to act as Hitler's minister of film, so Fury, although sometimes criticized as a commercial film for Lang, certainly had personal poignancy for him. Lang shows rumors gradually distending in a game of "Telephone" with serious consequences, and inserts a humorous shot of chickens to symbolize "clucking women". He shows how easily a situation can go from those kinds of increasingly misreported claims to dangerous action due to conformism. Most folks are shown as all too eager to go along with the crowd and avoid local conflict.

For a few moments, the mob mentality leads to a situation that presages John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). And overall, Fury is sometimes said to have anticipated film noir. However, despite some highly stylistic shots, such as the early, shimmering reflections of rain soaked windows on opposing walls, or the almost comically exaggerated action/reaction shots of the mob in full force (some of the more poignant material in the film), much of Fury's cinematography is more pedestrian. In his interview with Peter Bogdanovich that serves as the bulk of the DVD's "director's commentary", Lang states that he prefers simple, straightforward cinematography, to emphasize realism, or "truth". That may sound odd coming from the man who gave us Metropolis (1927), but at least for Fury, it is consistent.

But this isn't a flawless film. A few dramatic transitions are awkward, including two very important ones--the initial "capture" of Wilson, which is fairly inexplicable, and the final scene of the film, which leaves a significant dangling thread. But the underlying concepts, the performances and more often than not the technical aspects of the film work extremely well, making Fury an important film to watch.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (59 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Fury (1936)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The Beautiful Sylvia Sidney ceherman1
Powerful Film / Strong Message / MUST SEE! ksequoia
The thing I find truly amazing about this movie... junderbr
It will air on TCM at 8:00 PM (EDT) on 10/8/2012. michaelhelwick
Car that Tracy drives customsox927
This film is absolutely stunning. goodvibe61
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
They Won't Forget Changeling Call Northside 777 A Place in the Sun Boys on the Side
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.