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Blanche Fury (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 22 March 1948 (UK)
The childless widow of Allan Fury bequeaths the Fury estate to her Fuller relatives but Allan's illegitimate son who masquerades as a servant hopes to grab the estate for himself.

Director:

Marc Allégret

Writers:

Audrey Erskine-Lindop (screenplay) (as Audrey Lindop), Cecil McGivern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Hobson ... Blanche Fury
Stewart Granger ... Philip Thorn
Michael Gough ... Laurence Fury
Walter Fitzgerald ... Simon Fury
Susanne Gibbs Susanne Gibbs ... Lavinia (as Suzanne Gibbs)
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Maj. Fraser
Sybille Binder ... Louisa (as Sybilla Binder)
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Calamy
Townsend Whitling Townsend Whitling ... Banks
J.H. Roberts ... Doctor
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Weatherby (as Alan Jeayes)
Edward Lexy ... Col. Jenkins
Arthur Wontner ... Lord Rudford
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Winterbourne
Cherry London Cherry London ... Molly
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Storyline

Ambitious poor relation Blanche Fuller accepts a job as governess from her wealthy cousins who have adopted the name Fury since they acquired the ancestral home of the Fury family. Blanche plots to become the lady of the manor but her illicit passion for the vengeful, obsessed Philip Thorn sets off a string of tragic events, including murder. Written by Anonymous

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Young, lovely, passionately beautiful ... and her love was as wild and tempestuous as her name !


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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M.E. Clifton James, who appears as the prison governor, is most famous for his impersonation of Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery in the run-up to D-Day. See more »

Quotes

Blanche Fury: Do you seriously believe all that superstitious nonsense about Fury's ape?
Philip Thorn: You're afraid. Are you?
Blanche Fury: Not at all. I'm not easily frightened.
Philip Thorn: That I can believe.
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Slightly strained, but with all the elements of a Gothic (Victorian) romance
7 August 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Blanche Fury (1948)

A highly romantic and somewhat familiar tale of a penniless young woman moving into a house with wealth. It's a British affair, literally...it's both a forbidden love story and a highly structured tale of the class structure in 19th Century England. It's also in full Technicolor, and so has a rich, beautiful, warm quality. In all it's an impressive little period piece film, but you have to like this kind of story to get through it happily.

The leading woman is not the compelling innocent that Joan Fontaine pulls of in "Rebecca," or "Jane Eyre." In fact, she a little offputting--not because she strong, but because she's a little practical, not a romantic type, and movies like this work with types. The leading man, the embittered and handsome Stewart Granger, is better, and as his role increases the movie gels.

The plot does have some dramatic turns, if turns is the word. It's better to say that it has some really ruthless moments, though you can slightly see them coming. The motive is love, though, and in love everything is possible, if not exactly a good idea. And this devious violence is some explanation for the unsympathetic nature of our main woman, the title character. Fury, by they way, is just the last name of the family in question.

The house, by the way, is a real mansion in England, Wooton Lodge. And the life it depicts is probably pretty accurate, though the mischief of the gypsies is hypothetical.


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