Caged (1950)

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A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.



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Complete credited cast:
Hope Emerson ...
Betty Garde ...
Kitty Stark
Jeta Kovsky aka Smoochie
Lee Patrick ...
Elvira Powell
Olive Deering ...
June Roberts - Inmate
Isolation Matron
Gertrude Michael ...
Helen (as Sheila Stevens)


Frightened 19-year-old Marie Allen gets sent to an Illinois penitentiary for being an accomplice in an armed robbery. A sympathetic prison head tries to help, but her efforts are subverted by cruel matron Evelyn Harper. Marie's harsh experiences turn her from doe-eyed innocent to hard-nosed con. Written by Anonymous

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Will she come out a woman or a wildcat? See more »


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Release Date:

19 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Femmes en cage  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screen Director's Playhouse broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 2, 1951 with Eleanor Parker reprising her film role. See more »


When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more »


Smoochie: She's a real lady, Georgia, only she married some guy who likes spendin' other people's dough, so he got her to write a bunch of bouncers. I got news for ya. Georgia gives this place class.
Kitty Stark: She ain't the only one. I had two real mink coats and a closetful of black lace nighties and a shelf full of real French perfumes that my girls lifted right out of one of the swankiest stores in town.
Smoochie: Don't rub it in. All I had was a different pair of shoes for every night.
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Referenced in The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005) See more »

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Very Good
11 May 1999 | by (Selbyside - St. Paul, MN USA) – See all my reviews

Extremely well made drama about a woman's prison is one of the first and definitely the best of its genre. See it if you can find it on cable because unfortunately it's one of those films still in the archives.

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