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Black Fury (1935)

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

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Abem Finkel (screen play), Carl Erickson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 Effie Ellsler ... Bubitschka
Wade Boteler ... Mulligan
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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.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though it received no official Oscar nominations, the Academy permitted write-in candidates this year and when the voting order was announced it turned out that Paul Muni had come in second in the balloting, narrowly behind winner Victor McLaglen but ahead of any of the other nominated actors. See more »

Goofs

The orchestra at the dance, near the beginning of the film, are miming extremely unconvincingly. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cain and Mabel (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano in bar during scene where men challenge Radek
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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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