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Director:
Writers:
Charles Schnee (screenplay)
Niven Busch (from a novel by)
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Release Date:
28 March 1951 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A firebrand heiress clashes with her tyrannical father, a cattle rancher who fancies himself a Napoleon; but their relationship turns ugly only when he finds himself a new woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
an absorbing, underrated work that boasts appeal for men and women See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Barbara Stanwyck ... Vance Jeffords

Wendell Corey ... Rip Darrow

Walter Huston ... T. C. Jeffords

Judith Anderson ... Flo Burnett

Gilbert Roland ... Juan Herrera

Thomas Gomez ... El Tigre

Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Anaheim

Albert Dekker ... Mr. Reynolds
John Bromfield ... Clay Jeffords
Wallace Ford ... Scotty Hyslip
Blanche Yurka ... Herrera Mother
Louis Jean Heydt ... Bailey
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Grieve
Charles Evans ... Old Anaheim

Movita ... Chiquita (as Movita Casteneda)
Craig Kelly ... Young Anaheim
Myrna Dell ... Dallas Hart
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgia Clancy ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
James Davies ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Artie Del Rey ... Wagon Driver's Son (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Dealer (uncredited)

Douglas Grange ... Balladeer (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ... Feliz Herrera (uncredited)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Drunk Guest (uncredited)
Baron James Lichter ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jane Novak ... Woman (uncredited)
Rosemary Pettit ... Carol Ann (uncredited)
Lou Steele ... Aguirre Herrera (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Old Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Mann 
 
Writing credits
Charles Schnee (screenplay by)

Niven Busch (from a novel by)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (as Hal Wallis)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
Lee Garmes (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Hans Dreier 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Dean Cole .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sue Kirkpatrick .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Reade .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Nicholas Vehr .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Herbert Coleman .... production manager (uncredited)
C. Kenneth Deland .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director (as Chico Day)
Michael D. Moore .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Camp .... props
Carl Coleman .... props assistant
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Barbara Stanwyck (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Grant .... assistant camera
James Hawley .... assistant camera
Otto Pierce .... camera operator
Haskell B. Boggs .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Earl Crowell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Sickler .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe
Grace Harris .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Josephine Earl .... dance director
Harry Mendoza .... technical advisor
Irving Cooper .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Saper .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
109 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cinematographer Lee Garmes shot part of this film, uncredited.See more »
Quotes:
Dallas Hart:[as she's leaving] I never could see what they see in the thin ones.
Vance Jeffords:It's not what they see.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
T.C. Round-Up TimeSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
an absorbing, underrated work that boasts appeal for men and women, 3 November 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Probably a rarity as I can see it: Anthony Mann's The Furies would fit in just as well on AMC or TCM as it would, if it would ever screen old movies from the 40s and 50s, on the Lifetime network. What this means is that for the film being technically classified as a Wetern, it really has a lot more to offer for audiences of hardened men looking for another memorable performance from Walter Huston, and for women looking for a tough but conflicted heroine with Barbara Stanwyck's character. Mann has terrific source material to work with (the writer also wrote Duel in the Sun), in part because it doesn't cater simply to those looking for a shoot-out. On the contrary, The Furies derives its fascination as a work of psychologically complex family games of power and personal ownership. The 'Elektra complex' issue touched on by other reviewers isn't misplaced, but there's more to it.

This isn't quite to say it's entirely one of Mann's best films, or a masterpiece on the Western genre. It takes a little time to get started, past some of the daughter/father scenes of laughing with one another, and for the drama to really get plugged into about the dealings of ownership of the land of TC Jeffordses. The father, TC (Huston), says he'll give all he has to his daughter, Vance (Stanwyck) to run, but it might not be that easy of a transition. We see this tangled web develop, of Stanwyck's two love interests, one from way back with the Herrera's (still very bitter with TC for taking their land) and another with a banker who has a real love-hate thing for the fiery daughter of a big-bad baron like TC. And both the Jeffords' characters being what they are- really big, amazing personalities- require the actors to pull them off.

Luckily, Mann has the right two people with Huston and Stanwyck, especially with the latter the star projects such confidence and darkness and, at the same time, vulnerability it's not hard to see how she could have been the star in her day. Mann also gets some rich work from a supporting cast; one of which, playing the matriarch of the Herrera clan, is very memorable in a specific shoot-out scene where she talks to herself frantically with TC in her gunshot sight. There's also further development about a level of payback in the third act, and other more melodramatic touches involving TC's bond with an older woman that really gets Vance's gaul (not even so much her father bonding with her, but for her assertion into the clan to push her out far away into Europe, leading to a startling confrontation and a pair of scissors). If you're not strapped-in for some almost soap-opera-ish touches, look elsewhere.

But overall, Mann directs all of this with a fine eye for the darker corners of the western landscape, of the dry and barren lands of the deserts- some of these look shot at night, or developed to look darker than they are- with the cacti and horses riding on in them striking as something more evocative to go along with the big rooms and typical locations of a circa 1870 New Mexico set. And there's even a hanging scene in the film that should rank on any film-lover's list of important scenes; Scorsese even included it in his documentary on American movies, and it's well worth the inclusion. For some good stretches of time, and particularly for the second 2/3 of the running time, The Furies does its job well on its audience, drawing in both sexes for various reasons into its story of land ownership, love and loss, and a father and daughter bond that is touchy and amusing at most pleasant moments. 8.5/10

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