The Sound of Fury

The Sound of Fury

Cy Endfield (1950)

88min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This extraordinarily stark and uncompromising low-budget drama features Lloyd Bridges as a hardened criminal of the Depression era who recruits an out-of-work family man, played by Frank Lovejoy, as his accomplice in a kidnapping. When their plan ends in tragedy, the two men find themselves at the mercy not just of the law but of crusading journalist (Richard Carlson), whose incendiary articles lead the angry locals to take direct action. Only the unnecessary moral comments of an Italian doctor lessen the film's impact. The critical view of American mores contributed to the blacklisting of its director, Cyril Endfield, who moved to Britain - he went on to carve out a career that culminated in the epic war drama, Zulu. The film deserves to be as well known as Fritz Lang's 1936 study of mob vengeance, Fury.

Summary

A criminal recruits a hard-up family man as his accomplice in a kidnapping. But when they murder the hostage, they find themselves at the mercy of revenge-seeking mob, whose anger is stoked by the press stories of a crusading reporter determined the pair will pay the ultimate price for their crime. Depression-era drama, starring Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Kathleen Ryan and Richard Carlson.

Cast & Crew

Howard Tyler Frank Lovejoy
Jerry Slocum Lloyd Bridges
Judy Tyler Kathleen Ryan
Gil Stanton Richard Carlson
Hazel Katherine Locke
Velma Adele Jergens
Hal Clendenning Art Smith
Dr Vito Simone Renzo Cesana
Director Cy Endfield
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Some violence.Available on: video
Drama