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The Sound of Fury (12-Dec-1950)

Director: Cy Endfield

Writer: Jo Pagano

From novel: The Condemned by Jo Pagano

Keywords: Drama, Film Noir

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Review by Tony Hill (posted on 6-Mar-2008)

This is a good example of film noir. Frank Lovejoy plays a family man down on his luck and out of a job. He meets a petty thief (Lloyd Bridges)and reluctantly enters a world of crime by agreeing to become a getaway driver, helping Bridges to rob stores. Bridges then decides to earn big money by kidnapping a man from a local wealthy family. When the man is killed by Bridges, Lovejoy is tormented by guilt and finally confesses to a "girlfriend." Bridges and Lovejoy are arrested and the frenzied townspeople,whipped up by newspaper stories of crimewaves and retribution storm the jail, overpower the police, drag the two men in to the street and(offscreen)hang them. This film is a decent remake of the 1936 film "Fury" starring Spencer Tracy. Lovejoy is ideally cast as an essentially decent man who in his desperation to earn money to keep his growing family, falls under the influence of a psychopath, well played by Bridges. The closing scenes where the townspeople take the law into their own hands are particularly chilling.

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