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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

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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Saturday afternoon at the movies
23 October 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Piper Laurie said of Tyrone Power, "Tyrone Power was Saturday afternoon at the movies." "Son of Fury" surely must have been one of those films that young people flocked to see on a Saturday afternoon - an island adventure starring one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

Power costars with a great cast that includes George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Gene Tierney, Roddy McDowell, and Elsa Lanchester. Tierney is impossibly beautiful, certainly every boy's dream girl - and on an island, no less, and not speaking English! Her final kiss with Power is socko.

The film has some excellent performances by the supporting cast, McDowell and Lanchester in particular. Lanchester's scene with Power is especially touching. Fifteen years later, they'd work together on his last film, Witness for the Prosecution. Lovely Farmer, whose story is now legend, doesn't have much to do, which is a shame. Sanders is always excellent. He and Power would fight on screen again in "Solomon and Sheba." Power collapsed while he and Sanders rehearsed a sword fight and died very shortly afterward.

Son of Fury, of course, is the type of film at which Power excelled, and there would be many more period pieces to come before his contract, interrupted by the war, finally expired. He said at the end of his life that he was proud of only four films. He should have been prouder of a lot more, because he fed a lot of dreams and was responsible for many happy Saturday afternoons for 22 years.


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