Captain Fury

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For the fantasy novel by Jim Butcher, see Captain's Fury.
Captain Fury
Captain Fury FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Hal Roach
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Grover Jones
Jack Jevne
William C. deMille
Starring Brian Aherne
Cinematography Norbert Brodine
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Release dates
  • May 26, 1939 (1939-05-26)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget £250,000[1]

Captain Fury is a 1939 American adventure film set in colonial Australia directed by Hal Roach. It was one of Hollywood's few attempts to depict Australian history.


Captain Michael Fury is an Irish patriot transported to New South Wales for his political involvement. He escapes from the convict colony and lives the life of a bushranger until he's captured by a settler's daughter, Jeanette Dupre. Dupre receives a £100 reward for the capture. Fury is pardoned by the Governor. He reunites with Dupre and they marry.[2]



Roach got the idea for making the film after reading Robbery Under Arms. It was originally announced that Roach would be adapting the novel and using Brian Aherne and Margaret Sullavan as stars,[3] but this was abandoned, apparently out of fear of offending Australians, and Roach instead commissioned an original screenplay that was to be similar to the novel under the title of Captain Midnight.[4][5] There also may have been an issue with the rights to the novel, which were held by Cinesound Productions. The eventual script was not based on any particular bushranger.[6]

Australian politician Sir Earle Page visited Hal Roach studios in August 1938 and promised to assist the movie by sending over some koalas and eucalyptus trees.[7]

Filming was delayed because June Lang had an infected throat.[8] It took place near Malibu Beach. Four kookaburras were hired from Catalina Island Bird Park but refused to laugh during filming.[9]

Both Brian Aherne and Victor McLaglen had toured Australia and were anxious for the film to be as accurate as possible. Frank Baker, brother of Snowy Baker, acted as technical adviser. A few Australians were in the cast, including Billy Bevan and Frank Hagney.[10]


It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Charles D. Hall.[11]


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