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

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 29 January 1942 (USA)
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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Caleb Green
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Bristol Isabel
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Kenneth Hobart
Arthur Hohl ...
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Feenou
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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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This is the last film Frances Farmer was in before the first (October, 1942) of what would be a series of arrests, jailing, and psychiatric confinements in both California and her home state of Washington, continuing until 1950. Her mother, Lillian, became her legal guardian from 1943 until 1953. See more »

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Months pass on the island, yet Caleb's beard never grows longer or more shaggy (nor does Ben's grow at all, although it's possible that he shaves), and Caleb's Western-style clothing does not grow ragged. 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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Referenced in The Heat of the Day (1989) See more »

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Frances Farmer's Farewell
17 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some may remember Kenneth Anger taking this lush film's title and gender-bending it a bit to give his Frances Farmer chapter in "Hollywood Babylon" its tabloid tone, but this is truly a great movie (outside of the fact that it features not one, but two Tinseltown beauties who, in Anger's salacious words "drank at the well of madness") ... Farmer, after a string of uneven pictures, is relegated to a supporting role here, but actually fares better than leading lady Gene Tierney because 1) her role is far more complex and 2) her on-screen chemistry with star Tyrone Power is much more palpable. Perhaps the saddest thing about "Son of Fury" is the knowledge that despite the now recurrent difficulties being reported from the set, Farmer had caught herself a break and maybe a chance to finally ride out Paramount's punishment -- starting in 1938, of course, with the aptly-named (and perfectly awful) "Ride A Crooked Mile". But as we all know, the road got bumpier, the turns sharper and the potholes unavoidable ... To see Farmer surrounded not only by the likes of such A-list talent as Power and Tierney, but a stellar George Sanders and very young Roddy McDowell is to get a glimpse of what might have been. To read accounts of Farmer being tricked into watching this film years later while incarcerated in an insane asylum, if indeed true, is unforgivable ... Watch "Son of Fury" for everything the Golden Age of Hollywood purported to be -- solid, if not overly- spectacular, entertainment. It may not be the last film of Farmer's short-lived career, but it is our last look at this fine young actress at her peak -- as stunning and mythic as she was years earlier in "Come And Get It" -- but now with an undeniable sadness melting from within.


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