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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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Director:
Writers:
Bartlett Cormack (screen play) and
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Dated but still powerful drama See more (63 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


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Runtime:
92 min (Turner library print)
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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) | UK:A | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2229) | USA:TV-G (tv rating)

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Trivia:
This was Fritz Lang's first American movie, having arrived from a year in Paris after he fled the Nazi regime in Germany.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Kat surprises Joe and his brothers, Joe stands up abruptly, knocking his chair to the ground, but it makes no sound.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Wilson:I am legally dead!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Sound of Fury (1950)See more »
Soundtrack:
Popeye the Sheriff ManSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dated but still powerful drama, 26 April 2007
Author: BJJManchester from United Kingdom

Fritz Lang's first US film is arguably the best he made there,containing elements of his most celebrated film,M,though this time here the mentality of mob violence does not have a genuinely evil monster (so brilliantly portrayed in M by Peter Lorre) as it's point of retribution,but a decent,ordinary man in the shape of an equally superb Spencer Tracy.The first reel or so of FURY is somewhat dull,with Tracy and his fiancé Sylvia Sidney struggling to raise money for their wedding in what seems a straight-forward domestic story.But the film soon gets into gear when Tracy is mistaken for a kidnapper and held in a small town jail,and is lynched by most of the town's population,led by waster and bad boy Bruce Cabot.Or it seems he is lynched......Tracy somehow escapes,and totally hardened by the experience,is determined on exacting revenge against the perpetrators.

The film wasn't a particular critical or box-office triumph in it's day,maybe because it told some unpalatable truths in aspects of American life at the time.While not necessarily Hollywood's best-loved or most effective leading man,Tracy was arguably it's best actor from a technical viewpoint,and his performance is outstanding here.His transformation from an innocuous everyman to vicious criminal is totally convincing.After he makes his way back home to his brother's apartment,his speech detailing his ordeal and his thirst for vengeance is a quite brilliant piece of screen acting.Tracy had this and other memorable big screen monologues to his credit in a distinguished career (watch other fine examples in such films as STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE,STATE OF THE UNION,INHERIT THE WIND and GUESS WHO'S COMING HOME TO DINNER),and there were few,if any,that could equal him in similar circumstances.There are no forced histrionics,no exaggerated hand or facial gestures,no bellowing out of words,just a careful and believable building up of rage until he explodes on the final word he comes to.......,DEATH!

Aside from Tracy's excellence,the film is at it's most effective in the setting up and brief aftermath of the lynching itself.Lang's penchant for Germanic expressionism and moody lighting is very effective here,especially in the scene where the converging of the mob on the police station is represented by a subjective tracking shot,a remarkably powerful scene which is the film's highpoint.

The film goes slightly downhill in the courtroom sequence,which although has interesting elements (the use of newsreel footage as evidence),tends to get over-melodramatic and obviously contrived(Tracy's peanut habit and word misspelling are not too convincing plot devices),and Lang was reportedly very opposed to the somewhat sappy ending tagged on by MGM(as Hollywood's moral code demanded in the 30's).That aside,fine support performances(Ms Sidney,Walter Brennan,Edward Ellis,Walter Abel,etc.),a good musical score(Franz Waxman),stylish visuals(Joesph Ruttenberg)and bravura direction by Lang still make FURY,despite dated elements,a powerful and effective essay on lynch mob rule seven decades later,which most of it's contemporaries can certainly not boast.

RATING:7 and a half out of 10

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