Try and Get Me (The Sound of Fury)

Film Review

TRY AND GET ME (THE SOUND OF FURY)

Release Date: 12 December 1950

Studio: United Artists

Director: Cy Endfield

Starring: Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Carlson

Synopsis

Howard Tyler, an out-of-work man with a pregnant wife and child, teams up with an unprincipled thief, Jerry Slocum, and they pull a series of robberies. When they kidnap and kill a rich man's son, the local newspapers, led by journalist Gill Stanton, sensationalize the story and demonize the murderers. After their arrests, the local citizens gather outside the jail loudly demanding and, ultimately, exacting immediate retribution.

Discussion

This grim film begins with a futile search for a job by Lovejoy's impoverished character and ends with his death from mob violence. In between these events, he is involved in robbery, kidnapping, gruesome murder, and a boy's night out. Aside from a small amount of preaching about the social and cultural factors which bring a man to robbery and murder, the film is an unrelenting narrative of the decline of Lovejoy from poor family man, to low level robber, to kidnapper and anguished accomplice in murder, to an inert body being carried to his lynching. Lovejoy's acting brings out the desperation, sorrow, and ultimate resignation of his character. Lloyd Bridges is absolutely outstanding as the conscienceless and manipulating murderer. His agitation and defiance in response to the rising intensity of the mob unsettles the viewer.