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

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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
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Purdy
Marten Lamont ...
Kenneth Hobart
Arthur Hohl ...
Captain Greenough
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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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29 January 1942 (USA)  »

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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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The young Benjamin speaks with a British accent, but his adult self speaks with an American accent. 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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Impressive romantic drama with sadistic overtones...
18 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The dark side of GEORGE SANDERS is sure to bring out the cad in him whenever he plays a movie villain. And he's at his darkest in the early scenes of SON OF FURY, where poor RODDY McDOWALL must do work as a stable boy for his cruel and mean spirited uncle.

Later, when McDowall grows up to be TYRONE POWER (now that does strain credibility a bit), he finds romance on a desert isle with GENE TIERNEY and he seems to have found paradise. But he can't forget that he must seek vengeance on his brutal uncle and packs up and leaves Tierney, clad in a becoming sarong and looking her most exotic. That alone stretches credibility again, but the plot is the thing.

We follow Power back to London again to be reunited with his lady love (a beautiful FRANCES FARMER) and resolve his problematic relationship with sneering Sanders.

It's the kind of costume epic made for someone like TYRONE POWER, the sort of tale that played on the fantasies of young men who wanted to do the sort of adventurous wandering that he does, especially if someone like Gene Tierney was still waiting for his return.

It's absorbing all the way, full of dark menace whenever he has to confront GEORGE SANDERS, in one of his best jobs as a sarcastic villain. And, of course, for TYRONE POWER fans, it's one of his best roles as a romantic hero.


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