Fury (1923 film)

Fury is a 1923 American silent drama adventure film produced by and starring Richard Barthelmess. It was directed by Henry King and released through First National Pictures which was then called Associated First National.[1]

1923 lobby poster
Directed byHenry King
Produced byRichard Barthelmess (Inspiration Pictures)
Written byEdmund Goulding (original story and scenario)
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Dorothy Gish
Tyrone Power
CinematographyRoy Overbaugh
Edited byW. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed byAssociated First National (*later First National)
Release date
  • January 1, 1923 (1923-01-01)
Running time
9 reels; 8,709 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The synopsis of this film has a strange foreboding character concerning actor Tyrone Power whose character Captain Leyton dies of heart attack, leaving his son, called 'Boy' played by Barthelmess, to carry on. In real life actor Power would die of a heart attack in 1931 in the arms of his own son Tyrone Power, the later film star.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Boy Leyton (Barthelmess) is second mate on board the Lady Spray, the ship on which his father is Captain Leyton (Power). Boy is often chided by his father for his effeminacy and more often beaten. While in port Boy proposes to Minnie (Gish) and suggests that she go to Glasgow to meet him there to be married. The ship sails and the Captain learns of his son's intention to marry. He calls him in and tells him about his mother who deserted him, and tries to turn him away from all women, but Boy refuses to listen. The Captain is suddenly taken ill, but before he dies he makes Boy promise that he will not marry until he has found the man who wronged his mother. The Captain is buried at sea and the ship continues on its course. Upon reaching Glasgow Boy tells Minnie what happened. While at the bar, he meets an old woman who comes in begging. During the conversation he discovers that she is his mother, and he forces her to tell him who her betrayer was. Boy learns that it was the first mate from his father's ship who is now its captain. He finds the man and, though greatly outweighed, he finally succeeds in knocking him down. The stunned man falls from the ship into the sea and disappears. When the ship goes back into port, Boy and Minnie are married.



It is not known whether Fury currently survives,[4] suggesting that it is a lost film.


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Fury at silentera.com
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Fury
  3. "Fury: Inspiration Picture, Released Through First National". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (10): 525. February 3, 1923.
  4. the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Fury

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