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Fury At Furnace Creek (1948/Fox)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C+

 

 

Victor Mature gives one of his better performances in the Western drama Fury At Furnace Creek, H. Bruce Humberstone’s decent 1948 tale of two brothers who cannot stand each other, but must come together to clear the name of their father.  The father (Robert Warwick) is falsely accused of crimes he did not commit, so the brothers (Mature and Glenn Langan) go about refuting the charges with different approaches.

 

Charles Booth’s screenplay of the David Garth story (with additional dialogue by Winston Miller) is smart, blunt, sometimes bold for its time and the cast that also includes Coleen Gray, Reginald Gardiner, Albert Dekker, Fred Clark, Charles Kemper and even Jay Silverheels is exceptional.  Humberstone is a better journeyman filmmaker than he is given credit for and this film is proof of that.

 

The 1.33 image is black and white, a little softer than I would have liked and is shot by Harry Jackson, who worked with Humberstone before on the Charlie Chan series.  It is undeniably a good looking film, but I had only wished it was in Blu-ray.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a tad better than the 2.0 Mono, with a good score by the underrated David Raskin (Al Capone (1959) and The Patsy) also helping to make this more than just a B-movie Western.  Extras include three stills sections and trailers for this & a few other Fox Westerns.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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