Laid in England during the reign of King George III, the story [from the novel Benjamin Blake by Edison Marshall] is that of Benjamin Blake (Tyrone Power) who undergoes great hardships and reverses in an attempt, ultimately successful, to establish the birthright that had been snatched from him nefariously by a scheming uncle of the upper crust. However, on regaining title to the fortune that was rightfully his, he parcels it out to servants of the estate and others in order to return to the tropic isle where he made himself independently rich from oyster pearls and, in the process, met Gene Tierney.

Laid in England during the reign of King George III, the story [from the novel Benjamin Blake by Edison Marshall] is that of Benjamin Blake (Tyrone Power) who undergoes great hardships and reverses in an attempt, ultimately successful, to establish the birthright that had been snatched from him nefariously by a scheming uncle of the upper crust. However, on regaining title to the fortune that was rightfully his, he parcels it out to servants of the estate and others in order to return to the tropic isle where he made himself independently rich from oyster pearls and, in the process, met Gene Tierney.

Running time is a little long, with some sequences slowing the action down, but generally the story commands rapt attention and, on the whole, emerges as sound, compelling entertainment.

There is virtually no comic relief. It could have been used here and there to fine advantage because of the general heaviness of the action.

Son of Fury - The Story of Benjamin Blake

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director John Cromwell; Producer Darryl F. Zanuck; Screenplay Philip Dunne; Camera Arthur Miller; Editor Walter Thompson; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Richard Day, James Basevi

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Tyrone Power Gene Tierney George Sanders Frances Farmer Roddy McDowall Elsa Lanchester
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