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Black Fury (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 18 May 1935 (USA)
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An immigrant coal miner finds himself in the middle of a bitter labor dispute between the workers and the mine owners.


Michael Curtiz


Abem Finkel (screen play), Carl Erickson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Joe Radek
Karen Morley ... Anna Novak
William Gargan ... Slim
Barton MacLane ... McGee
John Qualen ... Mike (as John T. Qualen)
J. Carrol Naish ... Steve (as J. Carroll Naish)
Vince Barnett ... Kubanda
Tully Marshall ... Poole
Henry O'Neill ... Hendricks
Joseph Crehan ... Farrell (as Joe Crehan)
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Mary Novak
Sara Haden ... Sophie Shemanski (as Sarah Haden)
Willard Robertson ... Mr. J.J. Welsh
Effie Ellsler ... Bubitschka
Wade Boteler ... Mulligan


An immigrant coal miner finds himself in the middle of a bitter labor dispute between the workers and the mine owners.

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THE SCREEN'S MAN OF MIGHT LOOSES HIS WRATH ON THE KEEPERS OF A MAN-MADE HELL! (Print Ad- Toledo News-Bee, ((Toledo, Ohio)) 22 May 1935) See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Michael A. Musmanno's story, "Jan Volkanik", may have been unpublished when this film was released, but it was published as a novel in 1966 with the title "Black Fury". Harry R. Irving's play, "Bohunk" was unproduced and possibly unpublished. See more »


At c. 24 minutes Joe is counting out his money, but he is inconceivably inaccurate. After counting to 68 dollars he places two further bills on the table and counts "73" out loud. A few moments later he counts up to 75 dollars, but, after four more bills have been placed in front of him he announces "76" dollars as his total. See more »


Referenced in Cain and Mabel (1936) See more »


Young and Healthy
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano in bar during police celebration scene
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Woman is for man like rain is for the dirty ground
7 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Joe Radek (Paul Muni) is a simple-minded, hardworking immigrant coal miner who dreams of buying a farm and settling down with his girl, Anna (Karen Morley). But when Anna leaves him for another man, Joe falls apart and takes to drinking. In Joe's current state of mind, he's manipulated by a union buster (J. Carrol Naish) into revolting against the mining company. This has disastrous results for the laborers but Joe determines to set things right by any means necessary.

Paul Muni's only film with director Michael Curtiz. As was often the case with Muni, his performance can be seen either as brilliant or 100% ham. Whichever it is, I enjoyed it a lot. The cast is full of reliable Warner Bros contract players that are always fun to watch, especially great character actor J. Carrol Naish. It's not surprising this is from WB, the 1930s home of movies about the working class. Certainly interesting from a historical and sociological perspective as a view of labor issues in Depression-era America. It's also fine dramatic entertainment. Based in part on a true story of a 1929 incident at a mine in Imperial Pennsylvania.

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18 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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