Lady in a Cage

Lady in a Cage

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Director: Walter E. Grauman

Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sothern, Jeff Corey

     
 

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Olivia de Havilland stars in this sensationalistic shocker as Mrs. Halyard, a wealthy widow recuperating from a broken hip. Inside her mansion, she becomes trapped between floors in her elevator. She activates an emergency alarm but succeeds only in attracting the attention of the wino (Jeff Corey), who steals goods from her house and sells them to a fence. The wino… See more details below

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Olivia de Havilland stars in this sensationalistic shocker as Mrs. Halyard, a wealthy widow recuperating from a broken hip. Inside her mansion, she becomes trapped between floors in her elevator. She activates an emergency alarm but succeeds only in attracting the attention of the wino (Jeff Corey), who steals goods from her house and sells them to a fence. The wino visits Sade (Ann Sothern), a prostitute, who spreads the plight of Mrs. Hilyard's dilemma to three young hoods, Randall (James Caan), Elaine (Jennifer Billingsley), and Essie (Rafael Campos). The trio follows the wino and the hooker back to the mansion, where they have an orgy, kill the wino, and lock Sade in a closet. Randall taunts Mrs. Hilyard and confronts her with a nasty suicide note from her son, Malcolm (William Swan). Mrs. Hilyard, mustering up her strength, attempts to fight back against Randall and the two other goons.

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This mid-'60s entry into the suspense genre remains a potent and surprisingly nasty little piece of work. Some aspects of Luther Davis's screenplay have aged poorly (particularly the intermittent bits of internal narration for Olivia De Havilland's character) but he gets his message about the cost of being indifferent to your fellow man across with grim efficiency. Better yet, Lady in a Cage puts the screws to the audience when it focuses on the main character's plight: virtually the entire last half of the film is edge-of-the-seat material. Director Walter Grauman plays up the grotesque edge of the material, capturing the action with gritty, harsh black-and-white cinematography and getting a series of feverish, over-the-top performances from a well-chosen cast. De Havilland is quite sympathetic as the tormented heroine, aiding the film's claustrophobic feel by making us feel every bit of her pain. Ann Sothern and Jeff Corey supply memorably hammy support work, but it's the young James Caan who steals the show, creating a perfect portrait of soulless, sociopathic evil as the angry leader of the teen thugs. It all adds up to one potent gut-punch of a movie. Lady in a Cage may be too nasty and outlandish for some tastes but fans of vintage suspense will enjoy getting a shock from this suspense workout.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2013
UPC:
0883316858271
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
23,137

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Olivia de Havilland Mrs. Hilyard
Ann Sothern Sade
Jeff Corey George L. Brady Jr.
James Caan Randall
Jennifer Billingsley Elaine
Rafael Campos Essie
William Swan Malcolm Hilyard
Charles Seel Junkyard Proprietor
Scatman Crothers Proprietor's Assistant

Technical Credits
Walter E. Grauman Director
Leon Barsha Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Luther Davis Producer,Screenwriter
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Paul Glass Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Hibbs Makeup
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Hal Pereira Art Director
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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