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Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 29 January 1942 (USA)
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Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screenplay), Edison Marshall (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Benjamin Blake
Gene Tierney ... Eve
George Sanders ... Sir Arthur Blake
Frances Farmer ... Isabel
Roddy McDowall ... Benjamin - as a Boy
John Carradine ... Caleb Green
Elsa Lanchester ... Bristol Isabel
Harry Davenport ... Amos Kidder
Kay Johnson ... Helena
Dudley Digges ... Pratt
Halliwell Hobbes ... Purdy
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Kenneth Hobart
Arthur Hohl ... Captain Greenough
Pedro de Cordoba ... Feenou
Heather Thatcher ... Maggie Martin
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Storyline

Sir Arthur Blake has inherited title and lands from his brother. He also has his orphaned nephew Benjamin working for him as a bonded servant. While he believes the lad was born out of wedlock and so cannot claim the inheritance, he is taking no chances. Benjamin eventually rebels against his uncle and sets sail to try and make his fortune. This may enable him to return to prove his claim to being the rightful heir to the estate. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Fury See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first movie partnering Gene Tierney with Tyrone Power. They would be reunited for two more movies: The Razor's Edge (1946) and That Wonderful Urge (1948). See more »

Goofs

The young Benjamin speaks with a British accent, but his adult self speaks with an American accent. See more »

Quotes

Sir Arthur Blake: How would you like to live with me at Breetham? A gunsmith's forge is no place for a Blake. Plague take me, you have the blood if you were born on the wrong side of the blanket! You'll be brought up as a gentleman.
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Georgian Cad
24 February 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Done a year before Tyrone Power went to war in those lovely South Sea Islands depicted here, Son of Fury is the film adaption of a best selling novel of that period, Benjamin Blake. I think Darryl Zanuck decided that Son of Fury had more of a box office ring to it.

Our protagonist is the disinherited scion of a landed gentry family. We meet Benjamin Blake as a child played by Roddy McDowall. No proof of the marriage of his parents can be found and his uncle George Sanders has taken over the family estate and made McDowall his ward, binding him legally to him in essential slavery. He puts him to work in the stable.

As McDowall grows up to be Tyrone Power, he gets a thing for Sanders's daughter Frances Farmer and she him. To be perfectly fair, we are treading into incestuous territory here and even a cad like Sanders has some reason for concern. It is the one real weakness of the plot. I wonder how this slipped by The Code.

Of course Power decides he's had enough and goes off to the South Seas where he gets involved with native princess Gene Tierney. In fact Son of Fury is distinguished because of Power's involvement with two of the great screen beauties, Gene Tierney and Frances Farmer. Tierney is busy poaching on Dorothy Lamour's sarong territory and had this been a Paramount film, Lamour would have had Tierney's part.

As for Farmer this was her last film before being confined to the mental hospital in a story that is now too well known. What a tragic waste of beauty and talent.

In a sense this is a reunion picture of sorts. Tyrone Power's break out film was Lloyd's of London, also set in Georgian England and also having George Sanders playing a Georgian cad. In fact the word cad is virtually synonymous with George Sanders on the screen. Nobody could play the cad better, no one ever has since.

Sanders is my favorite in Son of Fury, the man you pay your ticket for to boo. Seeing Son of Fury is to see Sanders at his finest.


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