Anthony Mann

The Furies

The Furies

Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston are at their fierce finest in master Hollywood craftsman Anthony Mann’s crackling western melodrama The Furies. In 1870s New Mexico Territory, megalomaniacal widowed ranch owner T. C. Jeffords (Huston, in his final role) butts heads with his firebrand of a daughter, Vance (Stanwyck), over her dowry, choice of husband, and, finally, ownership of the land itself. Sophisticated in its view of frontier settlement and ablaze with searing domestic drama, The Furies is an often-overlooked treasure of American filmmaking, boasting Oscar–nominated cinematography and vivid supporting turns from Judith Anderson, Wendell Corey, and Gilbert Roland.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1950
  • 109 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #435

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring film historian Jim Kitses
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith (Blu-ray only)
  • The Movies: “Action Speaks Louder Than Words,” a 1967 television interview with director Anthony Mann
  • Rare on-camera interview with actor Walter Huston, made in 1931 for the movie-theater series Intimate Interviews
  • Interview from 2008 with Nina Mann, the director’s daughter
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos (DVD only)
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Robin Wood and a 1957 Cahiers du cinéma interview with Anthony Mann, as well as a new printing of the 1948 novel by Niven Busch on which the film is based

Cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring film historian Jim Kitses
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith (Blu-ray only)
  • The Movies: “Action Speaks Louder Than Words,” a 1967 television interview with director Anthony Mann
  • Rare on-camera interview with actor Walter Huston, made in 1931 for the movie-theater series Intimate Interviews
  • Interview from 2008 with Nina Mann, the director’s daughter
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos (DVD only)
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Robin Wood and a 1957 Cahiers du cinéma interview with Anthony Mann, as well as a new printing of the 1948 novel by Niven Busch on which the film is based

Cover by Eric Skillman

The Furies
Cast
Barbara Stanwyck
Vance Jeffords
Wendell Corey
Rip Darrow
Walter Huston
T.C. Jeffords
Judith Anderson
Flo Burnett
Gilbert Roland
Juan Herrera
Thomas Gomez
El Tigre
Beulah Bondi
Mrs. Anaheim
Albert Dekker
Mr. Reynolds
John Bromfield
Clay Jeffords
Wallace Ford
Scotty Hyslip
Blanche Yurka
Herrera mother
Louis Jean Heydt
Bailey
Frank Ferguson
Dr. Grieve
Charles Evans
Old Anaheim
Movita Casteneda
Chiquita
Craig Kelly
Young Anaheim
Myrna Dell
Dallas Hart
Credits
Director
Anthony Mann
Produced by
Hal B. Wallis
Music score by
Franz Waxman
Screenplay by
Charles Schnee
From a novel by
Niven Busch
Director of photography
Victor Milner
Art direction
Hans Dreier
Art direction
Henry Bumstead
Special photographic effects
Gordon Jennings
Process photography
Farciot Edouart
Set decoration
Sam Comer
Set decoration
Bertram Granger
Edited by
Archie Marshek
Costumes
Edith Head
Makeup supervision
Wally Westmore
Sound recording by
Hugo Grenzbach
Sound recording by
Walter Oberst
Assistant director
Francisco Day

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