Ryan and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon.
This next film, The Fury (1936) is being reviewed by me.
Let’s see what I thought of this movie….
“I’ll give them a chance that they didn’t give me. They will get a legal trial in a legal courtroom. They will have a legal judge and a legal defense. They will get a legal sentence and a legal death.” – Joe Wilson
Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Aug 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a wrongfully accused man survives a lynch mobbing but is presumed dead, he decides to let the courts try all of the defendants for murder.
My Take on it – I had never heard of this movie before watching this and was quite intrigued by the premise.
I knew that lynch mob justice was very prevalent in the US during the 1800’s, but didn’t know that is was also quite common even in the 1930’s.
The idea wouldn’t work as well now a days because of advancements in forensic science, but the idea is actually quite innovative for it’s time and the use of film in a courtroom back then shocked me because I never expected things to be advanced enough for it to work.
That being said, this movie almost works and due to some flaws, barely misses the mark they tried to hit here.
Spencer Tracy once again gives a performance that yet again proves how great of an actor he was at every juncture of his career.
I found it interesting how they showed the statistics of how lynch mobs were mostly ignored by the courts and the depiction of the lynching scene is quite vivid and done exceptionally well.
Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that almost works very well, but slightly misses it’s mark. Tracey is great as always. Gives a great representation of lynch mobs and how the courts generally ignored lynchmob violence. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to modern sources, Fritz Lang was the first filmmaker to use newsreel footage as a courtroom device in a motion picture, and may have done so before it was used in an actual court case. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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