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Caged (19-May-1950)

Director: John Cromwell

Writers: Virginia Kellogg; Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Music by: Max Steiner

Producer: Jerry Wald

Keywords: Crime, Women in Prison

An innocent young woman, convicted as an accessory to robbery, is sent to a prison run by a sadistic matron. The absolute best exemplar of its genre. Nominated for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Writing Oscars.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ellen Corby
3-Jun-1911 14-Apr-1999 Grandma on The Waltons
Jane Darwell
15-Oct-1879 13-Aug-1967 The bird woman in Mary Poppins
Hope Emerson
29-Oct-1897 25-Apr-1960 Caged
Sheila MacRae
24-Sep-1924 6-Mar-2014 Alice Kramden on The Jackie Gleason Show
Agnes Moorehead
6-Dec-1900 30-Apr-1974 Endora on Bewitched
Eleanor Parker
26-Jun-1922 9-Dec-2013 Interrupted Melody
Lee Patrick
22-Nov-1901 21-Nov-1982 Henrietta Topper on Topper
Jan Sterling
3-Apr-1921 26-Mar-2004 Ace in the Hole


Eleanor Parker   ...   Marie Allen
Agnes Moorehead   ...   Ruth Benton
Ellen Corby   ...   Emma
Hope Emerson   ...   Evelyn Harper
Betty Garde   ...   Kitty Stark
Jan Sterling   ...   Smoochie
Lee Patrick   ...   Elvira Powell
Olive Deering   ...   June
Jane Darwell   ...   Isolation Matron
Gertrude Michael   ...   Georgia Harrison
Sheila Stevens   ...   Helen


Review by dyinglikeflies (posted on 16-Sep-2007)

One of the first "women in prison" movies, it set the pattern: Innocent girl jailed because of a misunderstanding or a man who done her wrong, gets kicked around by her cell-mates and the guards and, soon enough, is a hardened babe ready to be set loose on the world as a real criminal. Movie is populated by very good actresses, so the weak plot is beside the point- it's great to watch these ladies at work.

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