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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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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 first movie partnering Gene Tierney with Tyrone Power. They would be reunited for two more movies: The Razor's Edge (1946) and That Wonderful Urge (1948). See more »

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Isabel, Ben's cousin, should not have been alone with him in the stables. In the time period this is set (late 18th century), a girl of her class would not have been alone out of doors for any great length of time; a chaperone, maid, or nanny would have accompanied her everywhere but especially if men were near. See more »

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Sir Arthur Blake: How would you like to live with me at Breetham? A gunsmith's forge is no place for a Blake. Plague take me, you have the blood if you were born on the wrong side of the blanket! You'll be brought up as a gentleman.
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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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