Black Fury Overview:

Black Fury (1935) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner.

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A plainspoken coal miner earns himself a beating by the company leg-breakers - and gets his friend killed - when he attempts to shine a light on the conditions down in the deep, dark holes. Muni is tough as nails in this patented Warner social-problem picture based on a true story.

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Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)

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Best ActorPaul MuniNominated
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The film was banned outright in Chicago, Guatemala, Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad and other countries. Many other locales required cuts in police brutality, Mike's murder and the mine explosions. The Hays office was concerned about Joe's criminal behavior in setting off the mine explosions not being punished, but eventually issued a certificate of approval.
Michael A. Musmanno's story, "Jan Volkanik", may have been unpublished when this film was released, but it was published as a novel in 1966 with the title "Black Fury". Harry R. Irving's play, "Bohunk" was unproduced and possibly unpublished.
Mike's murder was based on an actual strike case in which a miner was killed by three company policemen.
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