February 27, 2017


Blanche Fury – 1947 | 90 mins | Drama | Colour

Plot Synopsis

Blanche Fury

Victorian gothic melodrama concerning forbidden passion, family secrets and murder. From the novel by Joseph Shearing, and based on the Rush Murder Case of the 1849, Frenchman Marc Allegret’s direction is taut, and Guy Green and Geoffrey Unsworth’s smouldering TechniColour camerawork won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Set in Norfolk. Blanche Fuller (Valerie Hobson), a penniless, ambitious girl is asked by her rich uncle, Simon Fury (Walter Fitzgerald), to become mistress of a stately home and governess to his widowed son’s, Lawrence (Michael Gough), daughter. Blanche agrees to marry Lawrence despite her love for the illegitimate son and estate manager, Thorn (Stewart Granger), of the previous owner who believes the estate to be his rightfully. Panic puts an end to the wedding festivities when gypsies set fire to the barns. The scheming Philip, driven by jealousy, hopes the gypsies will be blamed when he shoots Simon and Lawrence in the guise of a gypsy. But fate takes a hand in the future of Blanche and her lover when she underestimates Thorn’s bitterness towards the Fury family.

Production Team

Marc Allégret: Director
Wilfred Shingleton: Art Direction
Guy Green: Cinematography
Geoffrey Unsworth: Cinematography
Sophie Harris: Costume Design
Jack Harris: Editing
Biddy Chrystal: Makeup Department
George Blackler: Makeup Department
Clifton Parker: Original Music
Anthony Havelock-Allan: Producer
John Bryan: Production Design
Cecil McGivern: Script
Audrey Erskine-Lindop: Script
Gordon K McCallum: Sound Department
Charles Poulton: Sound Department
Winston Ryder: Sound Department
Jack Slade: Sound Department


Stewart Granger: Philip Thorn
Valerie Hobson: Blanche Fury
Michael Gough: Laurence Fury
Walter Fitzgerald: Simon Fury
Susanne Gibbs: Lavinia Fury
Maurice Denham: Major Fraser
Sybille Binder: Lousia
Ernest Jay: Calamy
Townsend Whitling: Banks
JH Roberts: Doctor

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