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Fury (1936)

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Fritz Lang's first American film is a vigorous and perceptive indictment of mob law, starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney. Katherine (Sidney) leaves her boyfriend, Joe Wilson (Tracy), behind in their Midwestern hometown when she takes a job in another city. Joe is a decent, hard-working soul, who wants to save up to buy a gas station and looks forward to the future when he and Katherine can get married. A year later, Joe is traveling to meet Katherine so that they can be married. Driving through a small town, Joe is stopped by a deputy sheriff waving a shotgun. Apparently there has been a kidnapping, and the fact that Joe has peanuts in his pocket circumstantially incriminates him in the crime. Joe is arrested and jailed. As Joe sits in his jail cell, the local townspeople begin to talk and whisper and spread rumors. Finally, a lynch mob forms and heads toward the jail. The mob tries to storm the jail and frustrated over their inability to penetrate the prison walls, they set the jail on fire. Joe barely manages to escape ("I could smell myself burning"), but the mob thinks that Joe has been burned to death. Behind the scenes, and with the help of his brothers, Joe tries to rig the verdict in the impending trial of the 22 vigilantes.
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Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Joe Wheeler
Sylvia Sidney
as Katherine Grant
Bruce Cabot
as Bubbles Dawson
Edward Ellis
as Sheriff
Walter Brennan
as Buggs Meyers
Arthur Stone
as Durkin
Ted Offenbecker
as Defendant
Morgan Wallace
as Fred Garrett
Edwin Maxwell
as Vickery
Roger Gray
as Stranger
Howard Hickman
as Governor
Jonathan Hale
as Defense Attorney
Leila Bennett
as Edna Hooper
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Whipple
Helen Flint
as Franchette
Everett Sullivan
as New Deputy
Murdock MacQuarrie
as Dawson's Friend
Ben Hall
as Goofy
Janet Young
as Woman
Mary Foy
as Woman
Ed Brady
as Dawson's Friend
James Quinn
as Dawson's Friend
Al Herman
as Dawson's Friend
Frank Mills
as Dawson's Friend
Frank Sully
as Dynamiter
Albert Taylor
as Old Man
Raymond Brown
as Farmer
Guy Usher
as Assistant DA
Nora Cecil
as Albert's Mother
Frederick Burton
as Judge Hopkins
Tom Mahoney
as Bailiff
Tommy Tomlinson
as Reporter
Sherry Hall
as Court Clerk
Carlos Martin
as Donelli
Jack Daley
as Factory Foreman
Duke York
as Taxi Driver
Charles Coleman
as Innkeeper
Esther Muir
as Girl in Nightclub
Bert Roach
as Waiter
Victor Potel
as Jorgeson
Clara Blandick
as Judge's Wife
Harry Hayden
as Lockup Keeper
Si Jenks
as Hillbilly
Carl Stockdale
as Hardware Man
Elsa Newell
as Hot Dog Stand Owner
Arthur Hoyt
as Grouch
Ward Bond
as Objector
Eddie Quillan
as Peanut Vendor
Gertrude Sutton
as Mrs. Tuttle
George Offerman
as Defendant
Daniel L. Haynes
as Taxi Driver
Sam Hayes
as Announcer
Sid Saylor
as Baggage Clerk
Harvey Clark
as Pippen
Clarence Kolb
as Burgermeister
Ralph Bushman
as Young Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Fury

All Critics (13)

The film's message is resonant far beyond the moment of its creation, speaking even to our modern-day political reality.

Full Review… | May 17, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Study of mob violence featuring early Spencer Tracy.

March 19, 2009
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Unforgettable attack on lynch mobs - extraordinary drama

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
Classic Film and Television

Probing mass psychology and mob violence in a small-town, Lang's first American film, starring Spencer Tracy, expresses his pessimistic view of human nature that defines all of his American ones.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

Fury offers a striking portrait of the structure of society; its assorted classes, organizations and technologies, and methods of law and order...

Full Review… | May 12, 2005
Filmjourney

Lang's first English language film seemed to anticipate the horrors at Abu Ghraib as far back as 1936.

Full Review… | May 11, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Fury

½

Fritz Lang's first American film after fleeing Nazi Germany and the oppression of Adolph Hitler. A predecessor to the classic film noir of the 1940s and 50s, Fury has a wealth of elements which would later define the noir style. Outstanding performances from Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney help cement this 'wrong man' courtroom drama as a true timeless classic.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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I loved this movie, Tracy is an innocent man fighting for his life, and everyone wants to kill him! It's so exciting and suspenseful. A must see.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

it's still a powerful film about mob mentality and perhaps more about anarchism than lynching since it ignores the obvious racial issue. otherwise it seems a pretty glaring omission since at least 80% of lynching victims were black. i have to believe the studio wouldn't allow it to be referenced for commercial reasons. the film can also be read as anti-democracy given that the original title was mob rule. thx v :) mgm invades warner territory of socially conscious films. great performance by spencer tracy as everyman.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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