BLACK FURY (Michael Curtiz, 1935)

Controversy surrounding Black Fury kept Warner Bros. from promoting its brilliant star for a best actor Oscar nomination; but Paul Muni was unofficially nominated anyhow, by Academy voters, who gave Muni as a write-in candidate the second highest total of votes.* ** *** He is indeed immense—initially boisterous, ultimately heartrending and fiercely righteous—as coal miner […]