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Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 29 January 1942 (USA)
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Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright.

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Eve
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Benjamin - as a Boy
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Caleb Green
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Bristol Isabel
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Amos Kidder
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Helena
Dudley Digges ...
Pratt
Halliwell Hobbes ...
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Marten Lamont ...
Kenneth Hobart
Arthur Hohl ...
Captain Greenough
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Feenou
Heather Thatcher ...
Maggie Martin
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Sir Arthur Blake has inherited title and lands from his brother. He also has his orphaned nephew Benjamin working for him as a bonded servant. While he believes the lad was born out of wedlock and so cannot claim the inheritance, he is taking no chances. Benjamin eventually rebels against his uncle and sets sail to try and make his fortune. This may enable him to return to prove his claim to being the rightful heir to the estate. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Last film Frances Farmer was in before her first (October, 1942) of what would be a series of arrests, and jailing and psychiatric confinements in both California and her home state of Washington (her mother, Lillian, became her legal guardian from 1943-1953) that would last until 1950. See more »

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About 52 minutes into the movie, Ben (Tyrone Power) gets out of the water to talk to Eve (Gene Tierney) and places his knife and an oyster shell on the rocks. Eve dives in the water and Ben follows without having retrieved his knife but in the next scene, he is shown underwater chasing Eve with the knife between his teeth. See more »

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Eve: [raising fork up inside her fist] What's this?
Benjamin Blake: It's to eat with.
Benjamin Blake: [seeing Eve fail to pick up any food]
[laughs]
Benjamin Blake: No, no, no; like this.
Eve: [failing to pick up food again, at Ben laughing] Why?
Benjamin Blake: Go on, try again!
Eve: No; I am too stup'!
Benjamin Blake: No, perhaps I am the one that's stupid.
[looks at utensils]
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Pretty entertaining and with a great sense of adventure
11 March 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty entertaining film that works pretty well due to decent writing and an excellent villain in the form of George Sanders. The film begins with a young boy being forcibly taken from his loving grandfather and the boy is made a stable boy for a rich baronet. It seems that this rich guy (Sanders) is actually the kid's uncle but instead of being kind, he treats the kid like dirt. The reasons are because the uncle wants to keep the family fortune for himself AND because something about his dead brother and his wife bother him so intensely that he wants to make their child's life hell. The boy is played by Roddy McDowell, but after the first 15 minutes or so, he is "Hollywood aged" and is played by Tyrone Power. Power is very good in the film, but a few macho scenes didn't seem all that plausible--especially after seeing his rather scrawny frame once he took his shirt off part-way through the film.

Well, Power cannot stay at the manor to take the abuse forever, especially since the uncle seems intent on eventually killing him--beating him savagely and making up a story that Power attacked and tried to kill him! So, he runs off to sea and meets up with a friend, John Carradine --in one of his non-crazy or monster roles. Together they plan to jump ship, make their fortunes and return to England. Well, all this DOESN'T go exactly as planned and Power meets a beautiful native girl played pretty convincingly by Gene Tierney. What happens next I really don't want to divulge--it would spoil the film's many surprises. However, the film does have many twists and surprises--especially at the end and enough that it elevates this film above the norm and makes it very watchable--nearly earning it a score of 8.


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