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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 ...
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 »

Goofs

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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Saturday afternoon at the movies
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Piper Laurie said of Tyrone Power, "Tyrone Power was Saturday afternoon at the movies." "Son of Fury" surely must have been one of those films that young people flocked to see on a Saturday afternoon - an island adventure starring one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

Power costars with a great cast that includes George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Gene Tierney, Roddy McDowell, and Elsa Lanchester. Tierney is impossibly beautiful, certainly every boy's dream girl - and on an island, no less, and not speaking English! Her final kiss with Power is socko.

The film has some excellent performances by the supporting cast, McDowell and Lanchester in particular. Lanchester's scene with Power is especially touching. Fifteen years later, they'd work together on his last film, Witness for the Prosecution. Lovely Farmer, whose story is now legend, doesn't have much to do, which is a shame. Sanders is always excellent. He and Power would fight on screen again in "Solomon and Sheba." Power collapsed while he and Sanders rehearsed a sword fight and died very shortly afterward.

Son of Fury, of course, is the type of film at which Power excelled, and there would be many more period pieces to come before his contract, interrupted by the war, finally expired. He said at the end of his life that he was proud of only four films. He should have been prouder of a lot more, because he fed a lot of dreams and was responsible for many happy Saturday afternoons for 22 years.


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