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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 »
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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:
The Furies: Monsters of classical mythology, charged with keeping order by punishing the guilty in the Underworld. See more (23 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)

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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Trivia:
Cinematographer Lee Garmes shot part of this film, uncredited.See more »
Quotes:
Dallas Hart:Just get in off the railroad?
Vance Jeffords:Yeah.
Dallas Hart:We haven't met before. My name is Dallas Hart. I'm new in town, honey.
Vance Jeffords:Honey, you wouldn't be new anyplace.
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Soundtrack:
T.C. Round-Up TimeSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Furies: Monsters of classical mythology, charged with keeping order by punishing the guilty in the Underworld., 2 July 2011
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

The Furies is directed by Anthony Mann and adapted to screenplay by Charles Schnee from the Niven Busch novel. It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Huston, Wendell Corey, Judith Anderson and Gilbert Roland. Music is by Franz Waxman and cinematography by Victor Milner.

"This is a story of the 1870's. . .in the New Mexico territory. . .when men created kingdoms out of land and cattle. . .and ruled their empires like feudal lords. Such a man was T.C. Jeffords. . .who wrote this flaming page in the history of the great Southwest."

Anthony Mann was a fascinating and talented director, his career in direction of films can be broken into three sections. The 40's where he progressed from B movies to film noir, the 50's where he can be credited as a main player in taking the western to a new, more adult, level, and finally the 60's where he would helm two enormous historical epics. In short he was versatile and one of the most significant American directors during that 30 year period. 1950 was a prolific year for him, a year that saw him helm four movies; three westerns and Side Street, a crime procedural with noirish leanings. Of the three Westerns, it's Winchester '73 that has the big reputation and the distinction of being the first of the 5 westerns made with James Stewart that are rightly held in high regard in western movie circles. Yet the other two, seemingly under seen or forgotten about, are at least worthy of the same praise. With Devil's Doorway, in this writers opinion, actually a better movie than Winchester '73.

The Furies serves as the perfect bridging movie between Mann's film noirs and his westerns, because it blends the two courtesy of its western setting and story, and cloaks it neatly with noirish atmospherics. Underpinned by two very strong and passionate father and daughter characters played by Huston and Stanwyck. She, wealth obsessed, single mindedly driven, yet having shades of vulnerability; he, a crude land and cattle baron who has a kink for Napoleon. It's their relationship, as murky and stand offish as it is, that is at the core of The Furies. However, there are a number of plot off shoots also dwelling in the narrative, making this a complex story, one that pulses with psychological smarts and psycho-sexual undercurrents, part of the latter appearing to be an incestuous arc between father and daughter. While it's not a western for those after the more "traditional" gun play trappings of the genre, it does have some smart set pieces and moments of adrenalin raising. Including a shocking scene that wouldn't be out of place in a Hitchcock thriller. But this above all else is about the story and the flawed characters within.

This was to be Huston's last film appearance, he would sadly pass away shortly after filming of The Furies had wrapped. Nice to report that he signed off from the mortal coil with a top performance, attacking the role of T. C. Jeffords with gusto and relish; with the ending of the film proving to be rather poignant. Stanwyck is excellent as Vance Jeffords, an actress capable of putting many layers to any character she was asked to play, here she two folds it by being utterly unlikable with ease, yet in a blink of an eye garnering our sympathy by way of child like vulnerability. In support Corey is fine as card sharp Rip Darrow, the man who Vance deeply courts, and who has a serious agenda with T. C. Jeffords, but it's Judith Anderson who takes the acting honours in the support ranks. Charged with the task of playing a character who threatens to take Vance's place in her fathers world, Anderson nicely combines subtle underplaying with emotive driven thesping. With Mann going for heavy atmosphere, Milner's photography is deep in focus and suitably evocative, and Waxman provides a robust, storm-a-brewing, score.

Prime Mann offering that's deserving of more exposure and more appreciative praise. 8.5/10

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