Lady in a Cage (1964)

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A woman trapped in a home elevator is terrorized by a group of vicious hoodlums.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard
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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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Release Date:

10 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une femme dans une cage  »

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The film was initially refused a cinema certificate in the UK by the BBFC; the ban was lifted in 1967, when the film got mostly unfavorable reviews. It was scarcely shown anywhere in the UK outside of London and has never been revived in Britain or shown on British television. 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 »


Mrs. Hilyard: [slowly realizing] It's all true. I'm a monster.
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The opening Paramount logo is done in vertical stripes to reflect the cage motif. See more »


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Crazy, Wierd, and I Love It
6 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Saw this film on TV as a kid for the first time ( The 4:30 Movie on Channel 7 for you New Yorkers old enough to remember that) and it definately startled me and I never forgot it.

The basic tale is about this rich old woman (Olivia DeHavilland)who gets stuck in her elevator which resembles a bird cage in the middle of her living room. A power failure is responsible for her predicament. Three thugs (which includes James Caan as lead thug !) take advantage of the situation and terrorize the crap out this helpless woman (or is she helpless????????).

In my opinion, this film still packs a helluva wallop today despite its age. It has its brutality at points both physically and psychologically. The ending is very violent and still leaves me stunned (my hair is standing up as I write this just thinking about it again). There is one line uttered by James Caan in this movie which had to be considered so offensive back then (about the old lady's son), I still consider it pretty low yet strangely classic as part of the film.

As of this writing, this film comes on AMC once in a blue moon. Catch it if you can. A commendable effort for a 1964 film that i think successfully conveyed that innocent times in America have been forever lost.

Check out the bit part by none other than the bowlegged Scatman Crothers !!!!!!

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