Captain Fury (1939)

91 mins | Adventure | 26 May 1939

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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , the production of this film was split into two units in order to take advantage of good weather on location in Malibu, CA. Another news item in HR notes that this picture marked the first important acting role for Margaret Roach, the daughter of producer-director Hal Roach. A production still from the film includes Gibson Gowland in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Art director Charles D. Hall received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , the production of this film was split into two units in order to take advantage of good weather on location in Malibu, CA. Another news item in HR notes that this picture marked the first important acting role for Margaret Roach, the daughter of producer-director Hal Roach. A production still from the film includes Gibson Gowland in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Art director Charles D. Hall received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the picture. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 May 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 May 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 May 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Mar 39
p. 53.
Motion Picture Herald
6 May 39
p. 36.
New York Times
26 May 39
p. 20.
Variety
10 May 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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DIRECTORS
Dir
2d unit dir
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Asst dir
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Photog eff
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 May 1939
Production Date:
5 January--28 February 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8870
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5214
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1840's, the pioneering days of the Australian bush country, Irish patriot Captain Michael Fury is arrested for his politics and shipped to an Australian penal colony to serve his sentence. Upon his arrival, Fury and his fellow prisoners are farmed out as slaves to Arnold Trist, the despotic land baron who considers himself the law, enforcing his edicts with whipping posts. After making a daring escape from prison, Fury meets Jeanette Dupre, the daughter of strict Mennonite François Dupre, and learns that Trist is trying to drive the settlers from the valley so that he can seize their land. Over Dupre's objections, Fury organizes the settlers to take action against Trist and returns to prison to recruit the convicts to the settler's cause. When Trist begins his campaign of terror at the Bailey ranch, Fury, abetted by convicts Blackie, Coughy and Bertie, rides to the rescue and thwarts Trist's men. As stories of Fury's escapades filter back to Sydney, the Governor of Australia decides to visit the back country and investigate. Meanwhile, Jeanette falls in love with Fury, and when her father forbids her to see him, she runs away. In revenge, Dupre tells Trist the location of Fury's hideout, but Trist double-crosses the Mennonite and imprisons him. The fugitives escape Trist's ambush, but when Dupre's house is burnt down and a charred body found in the ruins, Fury is arrested for the murder of Dupre and sentenced to hang. As the governor interrogates Fury before his execution, Blackie hears Dupre calling from his cell, rescues him and presents him, very alive, to the governor. His duplicity exposed, Trist attempts ... +


In the 1840's, the pioneering days of the Australian bush country, Irish patriot Captain Michael Fury is arrested for his politics and shipped to an Australian penal colony to serve his sentence. Upon his arrival, Fury and his fellow prisoners are farmed out as slaves to Arnold Trist, the despotic land baron who considers himself the law, enforcing his edicts with whipping posts. After making a daring escape from prison, Fury meets Jeanette Dupre, the daughter of strict Mennonite François Dupre, and learns that Trist is trying to drive the settlers from the valley so that he can seize their land. Over Dupre's objections, Fury organizes the settlers to take action against Trist and returns to prison to recruit the convicts to the settler's cause. When Trist begins his campaign of terror at the Bailey ranch, Fury, abetted by convicts Blackie, Coughy and Bertie, rides to the rescue and thwarts Trist's men. As stories of Fury's escapades filter back to Sydney, the Governor of Australia decides to visit the back country and investigate. Meanwhile, Jeanette falls in love with Fury, and when her father forbids her to see him, she runs away. In revenge, Dupre tells Trist the location of Fury's hideout, but Trist double-crosses the Mennonite and imprisons him. The fugitives escape Trist's ambush, but when Dupre's house is burnt down and a charred body found in the ruins, Fury is arrested for the murder of Dupre and sentenced to hang. As the governor interrogates Fury before his execution, Blackie hears Dupre calling from his cell, rescues him and presents him, very alive, to the governor. His duplicity exposed, Trist attempts to escape, but is shot by a dying Coughy. After hearing the evidence, the governor grants Fury a pardon and places Blackie and Bertie in his custody. +

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