The Furies (1950 film)
The Furies is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, and Walter Huston in his last film performance. In 2008, the film was released on DVD in the United States by The Criterion Collection.
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anthony Mann|
|Produced by||Hal Wallis|
|Screenplay by||Charles Schnee|
|Based on||the novel|
by Niven Busch
|Music by||Franz Waxman|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
Hal Wallis Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
T. C. Jeffords is a wealthy cattle baron whose property is called The Furies; he harbors special contempt for the Herrera family, who are squatting illegally on the property. T.C.'s beloved daughter, Vance is as obsessed with wealth and every bit as ruthless as her father, and she has a secret, close bond with Juan Herrera. However, she wants a proper husband who can run the giant ranch with her once her father is gone. She falls in love with Rip Darrow, who believes a portion of The Furies land is rightfully his and holds a grudge against T.C. Vance is shocked when Rip accepts a $50,000 bribe from T.C. to permanently get out of her life. In town, Rip owns a saloon he calls "The Legal Tender"; he opens a bank near it.
T.C. is so self-possessed, he pays bills with "T.C." notes rather than actual dollars. One day, he brings a woman home to The Furies; her name is Flo Burnett, who wants to marry T.C. for his money. Vance comes to consider this woman such an intruder that, in a fit of rage, she attacks Flo with a pair of scissors, disfiguring her. Now that he hates the daughter he once cherished, T.C. cuts off all contact with her. He decides to run Juan Herrera and his family off the property. The squatters engage T.C.'s men in a violent gunfight and, when they surrender, T.C. cruelly has Juan Herrera hanged.
Swearing vengeance, Vance travels about the west buying up "T.C." notes. Her father's wealth erodes, to the point that he even goes to Flo in a vain attempt to borrow $50,000 he needs to save The Furies. Vance conspires with her old lover Rip to deceive T.C., even giving him false hope that a wealthy investor is lending him the money. Upon discovering what his daughter has done, T.C. congratulates her on her cunning. He declares it's not too late for him to "start from scratch", but before he can, the bereaved mother of Juan Herrera guns him down.
- Barbara Stanwyck as Vance Jeffords
- Wendell Corey as Rip Darrow
- Walter Huston as T. C. Jeffords
- Judith Anderson as Flo Burnett
- Gilbert Roland as Juan Herrera
- Thomas Gomez as El Tigre
- Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Anaheim
- Pepe Hern as Félix Herre
- Albert Dekker as Mr. Reynolds
- John Bromfield as Clay Jeffords
- Wallace Ford as Scotty Hyslip
- Blanche Yurka as Herrera Mother
- Louis Jean Heydt as Bailey
- Frank Ferguson as Dr. Grieve
- Myrna Dell as Dallas Hart
- Arthur Hunnicutt as Cowhand (uncredited)
- "Top Grosses of 1950". Variety. January 3, 1951. p. 58.
- "The Furies". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- Horton, Andrew (2003). Henry Bumstead and the world of Hollywood art direction. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 37.
- "The Furies". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved March 20, 2012.