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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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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 ...
Purdy
Marten Lamont ...
Kenneth Hobart
Arthur Hohl ...
Captain Greenough
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Feenou
Heather Thatcher ...
Maggie Martin
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Storyline

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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Apparently, Tyrone Power portrayed Ben's father in a prologue where he and his wife were done away with by Ben's uncle, but the scene was cut from the film apparently because the studio wanted to add more suspense. 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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Sir Arthur Blake: Have you ever fought with your fists, Ben?
Benjamin Blake: Yes.
Sir Arthur Blake: I don't mean vulgar scuffling in the stables. I mean the rules of the prize ring.
Benjamin Blake: No, sir.
Sir Arthur Blake: Take off your coat, and your education will begin.
[as Ben is removing his coat, Sir Arthur suddenly punches him to the ground]
Sir Arthur Blake: Your first lesson - Never be taken unawares!
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An exotic Gene Tierney at her hottest...
20 August 2006 | by (Petersburg, Vasaria) – See all my reviews

This enjoyable historical adventure stars a dashing Tyrone Power as a young English avenger, Benjamin Blake, and a young Gene Tierney in a small but worthwhile role as a very sexy Polynesian native girl named Eve.

This is grand old-fashioned adventure entertainment at its best--you get almost everything you could hope for in a movie of this type. This is ideal escapist entertainment for teenage boys, and they seemed to be the target audience for this film at the time. Sure, it's dumb in some spots--including that Tarzan-style bamboo house built by Ben and Eve--but which teenage boy would care? Not me!

Among the film's many highlights include fine performances by all (especially coming from George Sanders, playing a villainous and slimy nobleman who's prone to playing fisticuffs, and from John Carradine as Ben's sailor friend), a stirring and romantic music score by Fox veteran Alfred Newman, steamy romantic scenes that beat any sex scenes in today's movies (including a scene where a masked Ty passionately woos Frances Farmer, who was, tragically, mentally ill but still beautiful during the time of filming), excellent production values (including exquisite black-and-white 18th Century English sets and exotic outdoor Polynesian settings), and some excellent fist fight scenes (there's an indoor fist fight between Ty and George that is roughly, toughly, and imaginatively staged).

And that steamy kiss right before the end credits! Right in that moment we guys watching are Benjamin Blake on-screen and Eve is...well, Eve!

Worth watching several times--not just as a film on a whole, but also to see a tanned Gene Tierney wearing a sexy sarong bikini or grass-skirt outfit the whole time on-screen...and she barely speaks a word of English at all in her first few scenes!


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