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

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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.

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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benjamin Blake See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Production Co:

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

Tyrone Power portrayed Ben's father in a prologue where he and his wife were done away with by Ben's uncle, but the scene was cut from the film to add more suspense. See more »

Goofs

When Caleb puts his magnets near the compass, he changes the heading from NNW to NW. To correct to the new (false) heading, Ben moves the ship to starboard, or northward, meaning that they are actually going true north. However, when Caleb explains his interest in getting to the islands, he says they are southwest of where the ship is. He has moved the ship farther from where it should be to reach the islands. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin Blake: [Seeing sailing ship approach] This time is no derelict; Eve...
Eve: You will go! If you stay out of pity, I will throw myself in sea.
Benjamin Blake: Eve!
Eve: I can only be happy if you are happy.
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Referenced in The Heat of the Day (1989) See more »

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Pretty entertaining and with a great sense of adventure
11 March 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a pretty entertaining film that works pretty well due to decent writing and an excellent villain in the form of George Sanders. The film begins with a young boy being forcibly taken from his loving grandfather and the boy is made a stable boy for a rich baronet. It seems that this rich guy (Sanders) is actually the kid's uncle but instead of being kind, he treats the kid like dirt. The reasons are because the uncle wants to keep the family fortune for himself AND because something about his dead brother and his wife bother him so intensely that he wants to make their child's life hell. The boy is played by Roddy McDowell, but after the first 15 minutes or so, he is "Hollywood aged" and is played by Tyrone Power. Power is very good in the film, but a few macho scenes didn't seem all that plausible--especially after seeing his rather scrawny frame once he took his shirt off part-way through the film.

Well, Power cannot stay at the manor to take the abuse forever, especially since the uncle seems intent on eventually killing him--beating him savagely and making up a story that Power attacked and tried to kill him! So, he runs off to sea and meets up with a friend, John Carradine --in one of his non-crazy or monster roles. Together they plan to jump ship, make their fortunes and return to England. Well, all this DOESN'T go exactly as planned and Power meets a beautiful native girl played pretty convincingly by Gene Tierney. What happens next I really don't want to divulge--it would spoil the film's many surprises. However, the film does have many twists and surprises--especially at the end and enough that it elevates this film above the norm and makes it very watchable--nearly earning it a score of 8.


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