Oscar Movies: Furies, The (1950): Stanwyck Western

The great Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston (in his last screen role) give superlative performances in this dark, psychological Western, directed by Anthony Mann as a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare.

T.C. Jeffords (Huston) is a cunning, successful ranch owner who has announced his engagement to a wealthy, if unpleasant socialite, Flo Burnett (Judith Anderson of “Rebecca” fame).

This news is poorly received by his daughter Vance (Stanwyck), whose romance with gambler Rip Darrow (Wendell Corey) was foiled by her father. Vance does not care for her stepmother-to-be, to say the least.

Motivated by violent rage by T.C.’s Machiavellian actions, and

When he kills a good friend of Vance’s (a ranch hand he believes was helping Mexicans squat on his land), Vance, driven by violent rage, revenge on her father and joins forces with Darrow to see that justice is done—her way.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Cinematography (b/w): Victor Milner

Oscar Context:

The winner was Robert Krasker for The Third Man.

Running time: 109 minutes.

Directed by Anthony Mann

Written  by Charles Schnee and Niven Busch

DVD: June 24, 2008