The Sound of Fury

Film, Thrillers
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A flawed but strikingly dark thriller about a World War II veteran (Lovejoy), unable to provide for his family, who drifts into petty crime, is inveigled by an unbalanced acquaintance (Bridges) into a kidnapping that goes wrong, and ends on the wrong side of a lynch mob. Although based on a factual case from the '30s, it is designed as an anti-McCarthyist plea (Endfield was blacklisted soon after), and its weakness lies in the elements of message: the journalist who whips up mob hysteria against the criminals, and the Italian professor who provides a civilised commentary deploring what is going on. But the background is sharply observed, the first half is rivetingly done, and the tension reasserts itself for the lynching finale.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Cyril Endfield
Screenwriter: Jo Pagano
Cast: Frank Lovejoy
Lloyd Bridges
Richard Carlson
Kathleen Ryan
Katherine Locke
Adele Jergens
Irene Vernon
Art Smith
Renzo Cesana
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