Caged Overview:

Caged (1950) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by John Cromwell and produced by Jerry Wald.


The class entry in women-behind-bars movies. As nineteen-year-old Parker sits in a car, waiting for her husband outside a gas station, she has no idea that she is an accomplice to a burglary in progress. When her husband is killed in the robbery attempt, she is arrested and sentenced to a term in a women's prison filled with savage inmates and brutal guards. She struggles to retain her sanity throughout cruel mistreatment, a prison pregnancy, murders, and an inmate revolt. Remade as House of Women.

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Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressEleanor ParkerNominated
Best Supporting ActressHope EmersonNominated
Best WritingVirginia Kellogg, Bernard C. SchoenfeldNominated

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Eleanor Parker Was “Caged”

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 9, 2020 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

When I was introduced to Eleanor Parker as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965), I didn’t immediately become a fan of her. Her character annoyed me, and, perhaps, I was too focused on Julie Andrews to take the time to focus on her performance. And this, even tho I ... Read full article

Caged (1950)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 17, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Caged proves to be a stark, even uncompromising picture for the 1950s. Director John Cromwell had a long career in Hollywood, helmed some quality film noir, and became a subsequent casualty of the Blacklist but this just might be his finest effort. Furthermore, despite being an actress of some accla... Read full article

Caged (1950, John Cromwell)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 19, 2016 From The Stop Button

Max Steiner does the music for Caged, which is strange to think about because Caged barely has any music. Director Cromwell instead emphasizes the silence, especially as the film opens. Right after the opening credits, which do have music, Caged gets very quiet. “Silence” reads all the w... Read full article

Caged (1950)

on May 16, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

Before?Orange is the New Black?rocked television screens, the women’s prison was a location commonly lampooned?in exploitation movies of the 1970s or X-rated content. ?If you go back further you’ll find 1950′s?Caged, a social welfare “expose” on the harsh realities of a... Read full article

Women in Prison: Caged (1950)

on May 5, 2014 From True Classics

After watching season one of Netflix’s popular series Orange is the New Black, I was excited when the opportunity arose to review 1950′s Caged, a similar story of a naive young woman who is imprisoned after collaborating in a crime. Certainly there are many parallels between the two stor... Read full article

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Quotes from

Evelyn Harper: Line up, you tramps. This ain't no upstairs delicatessen.

Miss Barker: Sign here. I'll skip the mental test, you look normal enough.

Evelyn Harper: Home sweet home! Just like the big cage in the zoo - only you clean it up instead of the keeper. Bucket and brush is in the corner closet.
Marie Allen: Mrs. Benton said I was going to work in the laundry.
Evelyn Harper: I'm the boss here! Start scrubbin'!
Marie Allen: But Mrs. Benton told me...
Marie Allen: [she sees another inmate signaling her not to talk back] Where do I begin, Mrs. Harper?
Evelyn Harper: Now you're gettin' hip.

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Facts about

iScreen Director's Playhouse/i broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 2, 1951 with Eleanor Parker reprising her film role.
Originally titled iThe Big Cage/i, an early version of the script was intended as a Bette Davis/Joan Crawford vehicle.
In order to do research for the film, Virginia Kellogg pulled some strings to incarcerate herself in a woman's prison. What she wrote once she was out was not so much a screenplay, but a kind of almanac of everything she witnessed while in prison. Warner Bros. then got their screenwriters to make a screenplay out of it.
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