Son of Fury

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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.

ACTORS : Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders |

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1942

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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Son of Fury, 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.

The Power of Tyrone

Son of Fury, Those who claim Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift were the screen’s all-time most beautiful couple apparently have never seen Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney. SON OF FURY is a wonderful multi-genre picture that goes from British period piece to South Seas romance quite smoothly. The film’s plot has been well-explained by multiple IMDb members so I’ll just concentrate on the performances.

The entire cast does fine work. Gene Tierney doesn’t appear until a full hour as passed and her role doesn’t require much except smiling and looking utterly beautiful and that she does to perfection. George Sanders (looking amazingly like John Wayne in the early scenes) has one of his most brutally villainous roles and he plays it without flinching, this is no character you love to hate, he’s one scary SOB. This major 1942 film is also notable for giving breaks to two actresses who had been brushed off by many in Hollywood, the troubled Frances Farmer who plays Sanders’ daughter (and Power’s first love) and early talkie star Kay Johnson, making a very rare appearance, as Sander’s wife. John Carradine has one of his most likable roles as a seedy castaway who turns out to be a great friend. There’s also an exceptional performance from Harry Davenport (best known as Doc Meade from GONE WITH THE WIND) as Power’s beloved grandfather.

And I’ve saved the best for last, the one, the only Tyrone Power. Was there ever a more gorgeous man in movies? And SON OF FURY fairly revels in his beauty, his beautiful mop of thick black hair, his stunning profile, manly arms, friendly eyes and infectious smile. And as a bonus, there are numerous scenes of Power shirtless, running around the island in sarong-like swim-shorts. To top it all off, Tyrone is a fantastic actor, one of classic Hollywood’s best. He would have been a superstar in any era.

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