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Fury -- In this hard-edged exposé of mob violence--young Joe Wilson (Tracy) ismistakenly arrested for a kidnapping while traveling through a smalltown on his way to meet his fiancée.
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Release Date:
29 May 1936 (USA) See more »
TWO LOVERS...VICTIMS OF MOB VIOLENCE! (original 1936 window card poster)
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 »
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  (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

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92 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1937) | Germany:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1936) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2229) | USA:TV-G (tv rating)

Did You Know?

According to modern sources, Fritz Lang was the first filmmaker to use newsreel footage as a courtroom device in a motion picture, and may have done so before it was used in an actual court case.See more »
Continuity: When a stone is thrown through the window at the jail house the sheriff goes over to check it out. There are bars on the window when he first looks out; after they pan back from the people outside, the bars are clearly no longer on the window.See more »
Joe Wilson:I am legally dead!See more »
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54 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Fritz Lang's first American classic, 27 April 2004
Author: theowinthrop from United States

If Fritz Lang had died or been killed by the Nazis (whom he detested and opposed)in 1933 or 1934, it is stunning to realize that his position as a great film director would have been assured. He would have already had METROPOLIS, SPIES, DR. MABUSE, and M down to establish his credentials as a master of cinematic art. But he left Germany to escape the real villains who were coming to power. And he ended up, after briefly staying in France, coming to the U.S. Most of his later films would be made in the U.S. FURY is his first American masterpiece - a study of mob violence, and the destructive forces it unleases in even the most decent people. Here, it is Spencer Tracy, the erstwhile victim of a lynch mob, who becomes demonic in retaliation for his own mistreatment at their hands. It would be a theme Lang would return to again and again in later films - Edward G. Robinson turning on Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in SCARLET STREET is a good example.

Like many great crime films it is based on an actual incident that occurred in San Jose, California in 1933. Brooke Harte, the son of a wealthy department store owner, was kidnapped by two rather stupid men, Harold Thurmond and Jack Holmes, for a ransom, and drowned when they collected the money. Brooke had been a very popular young man, and when the men were caught a mob attacked the jail, and killed them (hanging at least Thurmond when he was still alive - Holmes was beaten to death in the jail). The incident gained notoriety around the globe (the Nazis had the nerve to use it to suggest Americans were violent degenerates - and frequently republished photos of the dead men as propaganda in World War II). It was hard to hide the story - the mobs were filmed attacking the jail, and (as mentioned above) the swinging bodies of the two kidnappers were photographed. Most people in America were appalled by the incident, but it had defenders. Governor James Rolph (former Mayor of San Francisco) defended the lynch mob beyond any reasonable point (Rolph was running for re-election, and in ill health - he would die before the reelection was held).

A fine account of the crime, SWIFT JUSTICE by Harry Farrell, only touches lightly on the Lang movie. The similarities with the newsreel trucks and even a Rolph-clone (Clarence Kolb, in a small but sinister role as a powerful man trying to convince the Sheriff - Edward Ellis - to leave the jail underprotected from the mob)are there. But Lang allows Tracy to survive, unlike Thurmond and Holmes. Also, in reality the newsreel footage was not clear enough (like that in the film) to be used against the defendants in their trial. In fact, nobody was ever indicted for the lynch murders of Thurmond and Holmes.

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