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The Sound of Fury is a black-and-white film noir about crime and the mob mentality of revenge. Howard Tyler (Frank Lovejoy) is a struggling family man who meets up with smooth-talking crook Jerry Slocum (Lloyd Bridges). Tyler thinks he is being offered a legitimate job, but soon the two men are holding up gas stations. As their crime spree escalates, they kidnap a rich man's son and hold him for ransom. The scheme goes horribly awry in a scene that reveals Slocum's truly disturbed psyche. However, the heart of the film involves a local journalist (Richard Carlson) who writes scathing reports about the crimes, appealing to the public's most vicious impulses. This 1950 film is based on real events that occurred in San Jose, California 17 years earlier, but the topics of ethics in sensational journalism, the moral degradation of a decent man and the dangers of vigilante justice remain relevant today.