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Caged (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 June 1950 (USA)
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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.

Director:

John Cromwell
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Marie Allen
Agnes Moorehead ... Ruth Benton
Ellen Corby ... Emma Barber
Hope Emerson ... Evelyn Harper
Betty Garde ... Kitty Stark
Jan Sterling ... Jeta Kovsky - aka Smoochie
Lee Patrick ... Elvira Powell
Olive Deering ... June Roberts - Inmate
Jane Darwell ... Isolation Matron
Gertrude Michael ... Georgia Harrison
Sheila MacRae ... Helen (as Sheila Stevens)
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Storyline

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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You don't know women until you know them without men! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Femmes en cage See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

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

Quotes

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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Still A Stunner
2 August 2001 | by subcityiiSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in Hollywood as part of the annual film noir festival at the American Cinematheque. This film has lost none of its ability to move an audience. Not only is it a good prison drama, but it is a good example of film noir moviemaking as well.

It was a bit of daring to show how corrupt the prison system can be and "inmates decaying" as one character put it.The lead character (Eleanor Parker) goes from being an innocent to becoming as hard as anyone else in the prison system due to the efforts of her matron and chief tormentor (Hope Emerson). It is because of this transformation that the film goes from being a routine prison drama to a first-rate noir thriller.

Jan Sterling, who plays "Smoochie" in the film, was at the screening and spoke afterward. She said director John Cromwell (father of character actor James Cromwell) did a great job of making you feel like you were in prison. She said by the end of the shoot, the performers felt like they were really confined. Parker, Emerson and the script by Virginia Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld were nominated for Oscars.


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