Pagan Fury (1934)

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1934

Pagan Fury

Sam J. Warshawsky’s play Pagan Fury was to be the first production of Belian Productions, a production company formed by Bela Lugosi with his wife Lillian. Ultimately, Lugosi was unable to raise the necessary funds to stage the play. Officially incorporated in February 1934, none of  Belian Productions’ proposed productions were realised.

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The New York Times, January 15, 1934

Pagan Fury, The New York Times, Jan 15, 1934*

Motion Picture Daily, January 15, 1934

Lugosi Back to Stage

Bela Lugosi will assume the star role in Sam Warshawsky’s play, “Pagan Fury,” which is slated for spring production.

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Film Daily, January 16, 1934

ACTING UNDER the green spot……..must be gloating glee for that mysterious gent Bela Lugosi……..This stage and screen diabolist……..has just removed himself from “Murder at the Vanities”……..to……..”Pagan Fury”……..a sweet little cut-throat tome……..by that peaceful citizen Sam J. Warshawsky……..who learned playwriting in the RKO publicity department……..Sam’s play opens in Chicago soon……..and as we read his first dittie “The Woman of Destiny”……..we predict that much will be left on the cutting room floor……..after the screen adaptations are made……..

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The Hollywood Reporter, January 22, 1934

Lugosi Buys a Play

New York – Bela Lugosi has acquired a play with Spring production planned for Chicago. It is “Pagan Fury,” by S.J. Warshawsky, and Lugosi will star.

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San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 1934

Pagan Fury, San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 1934*

The Film Daily, July 3, 1934

ALONG THE RIALTO WITH PHIL M. DALY

Will the following folks in Hollywood please be so kind as to return play scripts belonging to author Sam Warshawsky……Sam sez he’s darn tired of payin’ typewriter bills for new scripts because folks don’t return the old ones……Lionel Barrymore, Bela Lugosi, Ethel Barrymore, Lowell Sherman, Howard Hughes are some of the folks who wanted to read Sam’s plays……of course if they want to produce ’em……it’s okay with him……otherwise will they give the guy a break and let him have some action?……we once wrote a play, so we know exactly how he feels……

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