Caged Fury (1948 film)

Caged Fury is a 1948 American drama film directed by William Berke and written by David Lang. The film stars Richard Denning, Sheila Ryan, Mary Beth Hughes, Buster Crabbe and Frank Wilcox. The film was released on March 5, 1948, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]

Caged Fury
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Berke
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay byDavid Lang
StarringRichard Denning
Sheila Ryan
Mary Beth Hughes
Buster Crabbe
Frank Wilcox
Music byHarry Lubin
CinematographyEllis W. Carter
Edited byHoward A. Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 5, 1948 (1948-03-05)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States


Dan Corey's circus employs a pair of lion tamers, Blaney and Smiley, whose act also includes Smiley's sweetheart Lola Tremaine and a ferocious lion known as Sultan.

Lola is jealous of another circus performer, Kit Warren, a horseback rider Blaney has been seeing. A scheme by Smiley results in Lola's being trapped inside the cage and mauled to death by the lion.

Kit wants to replace Lola in the act. She begins to learn the lion-taming act but breaks up with Blaney in the process. Smiley is attracted to her and decides to do away with Blaney once and for all. He begins to abuse Sultan, dressing like Blaney in the hope of turning the lion against the other man. After he is caught red-handed by circus owner Corey in his sinister plot, Smiley kills Corey, but while speeding away, Smiley's car goes over a cliff.

A year later, Blaney and Kit are doing the lion-taming act when Smiley suddenly reappears. He had leapt from the car just in time. Now he's come back to murder Blaney, but during their violent fight, Smiley is fatally attacked by the lion.



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