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Fury (1936)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 June 1936 (USA)
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When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Bartlett Cormack (screen play), Fritz Lang (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Sidney ... Katherine Grant
Spencer Tracy ... Joe Wilson
Walter Abel ... District Attorney
Bruce Cabot ... Kirby Dawson
Edward Ellis ... Sheriff
Walter Brennan ... 'Bugs' Meyers
Frank Albertson ... Charlie
George Walcott ... Tom
Arthur Stone ... Durkin
Morgan Wallace ... Fred Garrett
George Chandler ... Milton Jackson
Roger Gray Roger Gray ... Stranger
Edwin Maxwell ... Vickery
Howard Hickman ... Governor
Jonathan Hale ... Defense Attorney
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Storyline

Based on the story "Mob Rule" by Norman Krasna. Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant are in love, but he doesn't have enough money for them to get married. So Katherine moves across the country to make money. But things go disastrously wrong for Joe when he stops in a small town and is mistaken for a wanted murderer. Through the course of the movie, Fritz Lang shows us how a decent and once civilized man can become a ruthless and bitter man. Written by Andre'a M. Thompson <athompso@ziggy.st.hmc.edu>

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TWO LOVERS...VICTIMS OF MOB VIOLENCE! (original 1936 window card poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mob Rule See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvia Sidney was so anxious to work with Fritz Lang that she agreed to work for a reduced salary. See more »

Goofs

When Kat surprises Joe and his brothers, Joe stands up abruptly, knocking his chair to the ground, but it makes no sound. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Grant: [to Joe] If those people die, Joe Wilson dies too; you know that, don't you? Wherever you go, whatever you do.
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Referenced in All About Mankiewicz (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Popeye the Sheriff Man
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One line sung by one of the mob to the tune of "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" (1933)
Words and Music by Samuel Lerner
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Lang's first American film is a visceral experience
28 January 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

An idealist sets out to visit his girlfriend, whom he hasn't seen for a year, but he is picked up by the cops for no real reason and thrown into a cell because a flimsy piece of evidence hints that he might be the kidnapper of a young woman. A rumor flares in the small town and soon most of the populace is standing outside the police office demanding retribution.

I won't outline the plot any further, because there are many twists and turns to come. Fury is basically a study in justice, guilt, revenge, and mindless fury. Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sydney star and are exceptional. The supporting cast is excellent also. Lang's direction is often amazing. It is always stylistic, expressionistic and it challenges you every step of the way. Watch for one scene near the center of the film where Lang cuts together a series of close-ups. His timing is incredible here. The script is imperfect. In fact, there are a lot of instances of unbelievability and silliness in the film. It is a testament to the rest of the script (and the other aspects of the film, too) that Fury ends up being such a great film. I like it nearly as much as M. It may not be quite as good, but it moves at a brisker pace and is thus often more exciting and suspenseful. 9/10.


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