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Lady in a Cage (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 10 June 1964 (USA)
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
... Randall Simpson O'Connell
... Elaine
... Essie
William Swan ... Malcolm Hilyard
... George L. Brady Jr. aka Repent
... Sade
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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 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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First of two pictures in a row in which Olivia De Havilland stepped into a role originally announced for Joan Crawford. She also replaced Crawford in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). See more »

Goofs

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

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George L. Brady Jr.: Repent! Repent!
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The opening Paramount logo is done in vertical stripes to reflect the cage motif. See more »

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Referenced in Feud: Abandoned! (2017) See more »

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A terrific, edge-of-your seat thriller with excellent performances.
24 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Released back in the mid-'60's, this sadly overlooked thriller was way ahead of its time and foreshadows the senseless violence that exists in our society today. Olivia de Havilland gives a stunning performance as a partially crippled woman who becomes trapped in her private elevator during a power failure. Meanwhile, three vicious thugs(led by James Caan in his film debut) ransack her house and contemplate murdering a hustler(Ann Sothern) and a wino(Jeff Corey) who are unwittingly along for the ride. It's a gripping, chillingly realistic tale, with first-rate performances by the superb cast. Not only did James Caan make his debut with this film, but LADY IN A CAGE also marked the return of the great Ann Sothern who had been absent from the big screen for ten years to star in the popular TV shows "Private Secretary" and "The Ann Sothern Show".


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