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Lady in a Cage (1964)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  8 July 1964 (USA)
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The lady is Mrs. Hilyard, a wealthy poetess who lives in a three-story city mansion and her cage is her elevator, which stops a dozen feet short of the main floor due to an electrical ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard
Randall Simpson O'Connell
Jennifer Billingsley ...
Rafael Campos ...
William Swan ...
Malcolm Hilyard
George L. Brady Jr. aka Repent


The lady is Mrs. Hilyard, a wealthy poetess who lives in a three-story city mansion and her cage is her elevator, which stops a dozen feet short of the main floor due to an electrical failure on a July 4th weekend. She rings her outside alarm, eventually noticed by a drunken derelict, who breaks into the house, ignores her plight and helps himself to various items and alcohol. He leaves with his loot but returns a while later with a plump prostitute and three teenage hoodlums, who proceed to terrorize Mrs. Hilyard as they wreck her home. Written by alfiehitchie

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8 July 1964 (USA)  »

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Although he had made an appearance in Irma la Douce (1963), this was James Caan's first credited feature film role after getting his start with sporadic television parts. See more »


The battery for the alarm is shown as it runs down; but later in the movie the battery works like new. See more »


Randall: [to George] We're gonna kill you. First you, then the pig... and then, the human being
[above, Mrs. Hilyard screams]
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Referenced in Straw Dogs (1971) See more »

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Tense, Unpleasant, Claustrophobic, Sadistic and Scary Urban Tale
4 November 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a hot summer holiday, the incapacitated Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard (Olivia de Havilland), who broke the hip a few months ago, gets trapped alone in her private elevator in her huge house during an electricity failure. An old wino beggar is attracted by the alarm in the alley and decides to robber the house helped by Sade (Ann Sothern), a fat hustler. Meanwhile, a dangerous gang of punks leaded by Randall (James Caan) invades the house and decides to eliminate all the witness after the robbery.

I have never heard any reference about "Lady in a Cage", but I decided to buy the just-released DVD and I do not regret. I found a tense, unpleasant, claustrophobic, sadistic and scary urban tale, with outstanding and impressive performance of James Caan. The story shows the lack of attention and sympathy of the urban populations, the violence of criminals against their victims and it is very ahead of time for a 1964 movie. I recalled the also claustrophobic and excellent 1955 "The Desperate Hours", but "Lady in a Cage" is more realistic, frightening and brutal, and has not aged. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Dama Enjaulada" ("The Lady Caged")

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