The Furies (1950)

107 or 109 mins | Western | August 1950

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writer:

Charles Schnee

Producer:

Hal B. Wallis

Cinematographer:

Victor Milner

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Henry Bumstead

Production Company:

Wallis-Hazen, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film opens with the following written foreword: "This is a story of the 1870s...in the New Mexico territory...when men created kingdoms out of land and cattle...and ruled their empires like feudal lords. Such a man was T. C. Jeffords...who wrote this flaming page in the history of the great Southwest." The Furies marked actor Walter Huston's final film appearance. He died on 12 Apr 1950. The film was shot on location in Tucson, AZ. Cinematographer Victor Milner received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the ... More Less

This film opens with the following written foreword: "This is a story of the 1870s...in the New Mexico territory...when men created kingdoms out of land and cattle...and ruled their empires like feudal lords. Such a man was T. C. Jeffords...who wrote this flaming page in the history of the great Southwest." The Furies marked actor Walter Huston's final film appearance. He died on 12 Apr 1950. The film was shot on location in Tucson, AZ. Cinematographer Victor Milner received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the picture. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Jul 1950.
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Daily Variety
27 Jun 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Jun 50
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 49
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 50
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jul 50
pp. 365-66.
New York Times
17 Aug 50
p. 23.
Variety
28 Jun 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst dir, location
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st cam
Cam, location
Cam op
Cam op, location
Cam asst
Cam asst, location
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Props
Props, asst
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Asst to prod
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Furies by Niven Busch (New York, 1948).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"The Great T. C. Roundup," music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
"Ben Bolt (or, Oh! Don't You Remember)," music by Nelson Kneass, lyrics by Thomas Dunn English
"Trail to Mexico," traditional.
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1950
Premiere Information:
Tucson, AZ premiere: 21 July 1950
Production Date:
9 November 1949--23 December 1949
added scenes and retakes: 7 January 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Wallis-Hazen, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 June 1950
Copyright Number:
LP199
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
107 or 109
Length(in feet):
9,771
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the 1870s, widowed rancher T. C. Jeffords returns from San Francisco to his ranch home "The Furies" in the New Mexico Territory. With him is bank appraiser Reynolds, whom he hopes will approve a loan request. Although T. C., who rules the territory like a king, disdains his son Clay, he admires his willful daughter Vance, who has followed in his footsteps. On behalf of the Anaheim Bank, Reynolds grants T. C. a $100,000 loan on condition that he will evict the squatters on his land. However, Vance insists that T. C. allow the Mexican-American Herrera family to remain, as Juan Herrera has been her best friend since childhood. T. C. then assures Vance that she will run the ranch after he returns to San Francisco, and offers to give her a $50,000 dowry if she marries someone of whom he approves. Instead, Vance falls in love with Rip Darrow, a mercenary saloon owner whose father was killed by T. C., and who is determined to regain the fertile land known as the "Darrow Strip," which T. C. won in a legal battle. Although Vance believes that she has seduced Rip, he accepts T. C.'s offer of her $50,000 dowry in exchange for leaving her. Rip then founds the Darrow Bank, and one year later, legally conducts Anaheim Bank's local business. When Anaheim and Darrow refuse to renew T. C.'s loan unless Vance finally drives off the squatters, she orders her ruthless ranch boss, El Tigre, to burn out everyone except the Herreras. Vance, however, still refuses to evict Juan, her only friend. T. C. then returns to The Furies with his fiancée, Flo Burnett, and Vance's ... +


In the 1870s, widowed rancher T. C. Jeffords returns from San Francisco to his ranch home "The Furies" in the New Mexico Territory. With him is bank appraiser Reynolds, whom he hopes will approve a loan request. Although T. C., who rules the territory like a king, disdains his son Clay, he admires his willful daughter Vance, who has followed in his footsteps. On behalf of the Anaheim Bank, Reynolds grants T. C. a $100,000 loan on condition that he will evict the squatters on his land. However, Vance insists that T. C. allow the Mexican-American Herrera family to remain, as Juan Herrera has been her best friend since childhood. T. C. then assures Vance that she will run the ranch after he returns to San Francisco, and offers to give her a $50,000 dowry if she marries someone of whom he approves. Instead, Vance falls in love with Rip Darrow, a mercenary saloon owner whose father was killed by T. C., and who is determined to regain the fertile land known as the "Darrow Strip," which T. C. won in a legal battle. Although Vance believes that she has seduced Rip, he accepts T. C.'s offer of her $50,000 dowry in exchange for leaving her. Rip then founds the Darrow Bank, and one year later, legally conducts Anaheim Bank's local business. When Anaheim and Darrow refuse to renew T. C.'s loan unless Vance finally drives off the squatters, she orders her ruthless ranch boss, El Tigre, to burn out everyone except the Herreras. Vance, however, still refuses to evict Juan, her only friend. T. C. then returns to The Furies with his fiancée, Flo Burnett, and Vance's jealousy of Flo erupts into rage when Flo announces that she has hired a manager to run the ranch and drive off the Herreras. Vance angrily hurls a pair of scissors at Flo, permanently disfiguring her, then rides to warn the Herreras. Vance stands by Juan as her father and his men attack the Herrera outpost. However, Juan, who is in love with Vance, surrenders when he realizes that she fears for T. C.'s life. Although T. C. agrees to let them leave peaceably, he insists on hanging Juan for stealing a Furies horse. Vance vows revenge and later travels throughout the Southwest to purchase all of T. C.'s IOUs, which he used more frequently than cash. When she returns to New Mexico, she and Rip ally themselves--Vance agrees to return the Darrow Strip to Rip, and in exchange, he lends her $50,000 and helps her retake the ranch. By now, T. C. is completely broke, and Flo, who has become an alcoholic, refuses to lend him money for fear that he will leave her because she is ugly. Vance convinces the Anaheims to extend T. C.'s loan, and then secretly buys 20,000 head of his cattle. When T. C. completes the cattle drive and arrives to collect his money, Vance pays him with his bought-out IOUs. Impressed by his daughter's acumen, T. C. accepts his defeat without a fight. Father and daughter reunite, and Rip makes his peace with T. C. and expresses his intention to marry Vance. As the three walk into town to celebrate, Juan's mother shoots T. C. in the back. As he dies, T. C. asks Rip and Vance to bury his name with him, as his powerful reputation would be a burden for an heir. However, after bringing T. C.'s body home to The Furies, Vance and Rip plan to name their son T. C. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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