Caged Fury (1948)

Genres - Adventure, Crime, Thriller  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Caged Fury was the last of three Pine-Thomas productions tradeshown in Los Angeles within the same February week in 1948. The story takes place in a seedy circus, where malevolent clown Smiley (Buster Crabbe, in a truly despicable characterization) plots to further the career of aspiring lion tamer Kit Warren (Sheila Ryan). Knocking off Kit's main competition Lola Tremain (Mary Beth Hughes), Smiley pulls strings to have Kit teamed with Lola's former partner Blaney Lewis (Richard Denning). When Blaney himself falls in love with Kit, the outraged Smiley retaliates by setting fire to the circus (via stock footage from 1933's King of the Jungle, which also starred Buster Crabbe). A fascinating study in unvarnished evil, Caged Fury suffers only from its tacky production values.



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