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

BlogHub Articles:

This Ain’t Endora: Agnes Moorehead in Caged (1950)

By shadowsandsatin on May 2, 2024 From Shadows and Satin

Caged (1950), categorized in most cinema circles as film noir, takes a grim and often harrowing look inside a women?s prison, concentrating primarily on one Marie Allen (excellently portrayed by Eleanor Parker), a 19-year-old who?s convicted as an accessory to an armed robbery committed by her husba... Read full article

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

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Quotes from

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

Elvira Powell: I didn't know what kind of a heel Harper is. She's like a cop I was sweet on once. He had to work guys over for no reason at all, just because it made him feel important. If I'd known I wouldn't have started on you.

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

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Facts about

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.
Originally titled iThe Big Cage/i, an early version of the script was intended as a Bette Davis/Joan Crawford vehicle.
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.
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