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Entitled to inherit his deceased father's estate and title, child aristocrat Benjamin Blake (Roddy McDowall) is instead kept as a bond-servant to his villainous uncle ( George Sanders). When Blake, now a young man (Tyrone Power), is beaten for falling in love with his uncle's daughter (Frances Farmer), he escapes by ship where he learns of a pearl fortune on a South Pacific island. There, he leads an idyllic life with a native girl (Gene Tierney) until he is compelled to return home and recapture what is rightfully owed him.

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Tyrone Power was on a hot streak at Fox from the late 1930s through the start of WWII, and 1942's Son of Fury catches him in full adventure-hero mode. The story is a typical costume potboiler with one atypical South Seas interlude. Power plays Benjamin Blake, illegitimate son of an aristocrat, raised by his knave of an uncle (George Sanders--commence hissing) as a lowly, humiliated servant. Ben romances a high-class lady (Frances Farmer) and then flees to the South Pacific, where a revenge plan is formed and a fortune in pearls awaits. Seadog John Carradine leads Ben to a remote atoll, and Gene Tierney is a sultry island maiden (do you love this movie yet?) who understands that at some point Blake must return to England to settle his affairs.

Director John Cromwell was deft at putting this kind of thing over (he'd made the splendid Prisoner of Zenda five years earlier) and the violence, especially coming from Sanders' blackguard, is unusually tough. The tasty supporting cast includes Elsa Lanchester, Dudley Digges, and young Roddy McDowall, who plays Ben as a boy. Alfred Newman has fun with the score, which includes a well-nigh irresistible Polynesian-flavored love theme. Power is his usual straightforward self, still at his physical prime; he and Tierney are about as pretty a couple as you could imagine stranded on a lost island--the island of escapism. --Robert Horton


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  • Isolated score and FX track
  • "Recreating History" Featurette
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  • Actors: Leonard Carey, John Carradine, Harry Cording, James Craven, Harry Davenport
  • Directors: John Cromwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NTPFJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Son of Fury" on IMDb

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on April 24, 2005
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Tyrone Power gives one of his most entertaining performances in this terrific and exciting story. This one is grand adventure and has all the elements that make films in this genre fun to watch. If this film doesn't make you feel good, I suggest you check for a pulse!

Power is Benjamin, whose rightful place as Duke is suppressed by his slimy uncle, Sir Arthur Blake. George Sanders portrays the gent we love to hate with as much aplomb as Power portrays the dashing and youthful hero in this most delightful and robust of adventure films.

Removed from his grandfather's care as a young boy, Ben grows into manhood under the harsh abuse of Arthur, all the while dreaming of adventure, and revenge. A romance with his uncle's daughter Isabel results in a brutal beating that prompts his escape by ship. Elsa Lanchester has a nice part as Bristol, the kind soul who doesn't belong in Ben's world but helps him get his passage to freedom.

Ben and his mate Caleb (John Carradine) decide to jump ship and swim to shore in beautiful Polynesia, where they discover treasure. One is in the form of pearls and the other is the gorgeous beauty of Gene Tierney, as native girl Eve. The second treasure may be the more valuable in the end, as Ben quite naturally falls in love with her without realizing it.

A youthful Gene Tierney was just coming into her own at Fox and has perhaps never been so gloriously photographed as in Son of Fury. Maybe it's the island outfits or the South Sea sun, but it is hard to remember a film in which she was more breathtaking. She is like a dream come true in this film.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on September 28, 2001
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'Son of fury' comes from a period in Tyrone Power's career just as he was beginning to explore the darker side of his bland romantic image. Here he plays a man consumed by vengeance, incestuous desire and envy: the illegitimate son of a peer and a working class woman, he is snatched as a child from his loving maternal grandfather by a dastardly uncle (George Sanders in fabulously, louchely vile form) terrified the young fellow will usurp his title, who makes him a stable boy. In a remarkably brutal story, he is subjected to vicious bouts of violence, grimly biding his time before he can escape to the New World, make his fortune and return to claim his title.
the film, which plays like 'Les Miserables' rewritten by Robert Louis Stevenson, is neatly divided into three parts. The first and third are the kind of perverse Georgian/Regency melodramas the British studio Gainsborough were popularising at the same time: vicious, charming aristocratic cads horsewhipping their inferiors; lusty servants violently seducing their swooning mistresses; priapic young bucks fleeing the police and a monstrously unjust legal system; teeming lower class streets, with dingy pubs and tarts with huge souls.
The transition from prurient Britain to puritan America leaves this model surprisingly intact: Power's masochistic submission to beatings and scarrings have an immense charge. The cultural detail isn't as precise as a British film would be - there isn't the sense of a teeming 18th century England - but this gives a clarity to Power's terrible quest, and the set-design, especially in the interiors staging the masculine squabbles, are spare and beautiful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on April 29, 2004
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"Son of Fury", would certainly never be the first film that automatically comes to mind when Tyrone Power's films are discussed in any detail. Thoughts always seem to jump straightaway to classic efforts such as "The Mark of Zorro", and "In Old Chicago". However this film has always been a favourite of mine and makes for highly entertaining viewing from Hollywood's golden years. It displays Tyrone Power at the peak of his prewar stardom with his famous good looks shown off to great advantage in the period settings and in a tale of high adventure that suited him so well. Considered one of Hollywood's best looking leading men this films strange lack of colour photography (due to wartime restrictions on studios use of expensive colour film) actually seems to enhance his appeal as the wronged young man anxious to reclaim his birthright. "Son of Fury" is also significant for its two leading ladies in Frances Farmer, the tragic actress who led a horrific post Hollywood existence, and in it being the first teaming of Power with rising young beauty Gene Tierney. The two would be frequent costars in the succeeding years, most significantly in the classic "The Razor's Edge".
Twentieth Century Fox planned "Son of Fury", based on the sprawling novel by Edison Marshall titled "Benjamin Blake", as one of their biggest productions for 1942 and it kicked off Tyrone Power's last full year of film work before going into the armed services. The story begins with young Benjamin (Roddy McDowell playing Tyrone Power as a child and amusingly billed in the credits as "Master Roddy McDowall") who is the rightful heir to his late father's dukedom which has been usurped by his corrupt uncle Sir Arthur Blake (George Sanders).
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