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Caged

Released May 19, 1950 1h 36m Drama LGBTQ+ List
50% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 83% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Pregnant nineteen-year old Marie Allen (Eleanor Parker) is sentenced to prison as an accessory to robbery. The warden, Ruth Benton (Agnes Moorehead), dedicated to reforming even the most hardened of the prisoners, deals fairly with Marie, even upon learning of her condition. The naïve Marie comes up against tough block matron Evelyn Harper (Hope Emerson) and must decide whether accepting the friendship of the toughest prisoners will rub off on her and affect the future of her unborn child. Read More Read Less
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Drew Gregory Autostraddle There’s an intimacy throughout that suggests a life without men might not be so bad if it was allowed to happen on their own terms. Feb 7, 2024 Full Review Variety Staff Variety A grim, unrelieved study of cause and effect, it adds up to very drab entertainment, unleavened with any measure of escapism. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Thomas M. Pryor New York Times There is much in Caged that rings true, but unfortunately there is too much that appears to be contrived. Jan 28, 2006 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Long before the “women’s prison film” got overrun by sadistic wardens, leering male guards, and lesbian trysts among the inmates -- thus becoming the exclusive property of drive-ins and grindhouses -- Warner Bros. offered this hard-hitting drama. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 5, 2023 Full Review André Bazin Cahiers du Cinéma All of these qualities give the film a unity of tone and style that we don't run into so frequently. Oct 13, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Deemed harsh in 1950, Cromwell's melodrama about women in prison has lost its edge but the acting of Agnes Moorehead and Hope Emerson, as a monstrously facist matron, is good; the film still offers valuable lesson about how life in prison makes criminals Rated: B- Apr 20, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I first learned that this film because of Youtube channel Tired old queen at the movies. He recomended it. I Also like Agnes Morehead and Eleanor Parker. Usually films that is set in prisons so it is interesting to Watch a film with women in it. What is good is to see Marie (played by Eleanor Parker) change from naive and innocent first time prisoner to tough at the time of her release. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member A believable, if cynical, view of the harm that prison can do. A cautionary tale, even now (2021), with prisons still being more about lock-up than rehabilitation. Excellent cast and film production makes it watchable as well as memorable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review deke p Women prison movie... What's not to like. Very tense, real, interesting, sad. Loved star ELEANOR PARKER (very fetching). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Director John Cromwell has everything he needs to fashion a memorable film: a script that feel authentic about prison life for women; a great ensemble cast; a heavy some have considered the one of the best villains in movies; and a lead performance by Eleanor Parker that will leave you moved by her character's plight. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I really dont understand why he in prison and is movie really bad Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review steve d Really cheesy but well acted. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Pregnant nineteen-year old Marie Allen (Eleanor Parker) is sentenced to prison as an accessory to robbery. The warden, Ruth Benton (Agnes Moorehead), dedicated to reforming even the most hardened of the prisoners, deals fairly with Marie, even upon learning of her condition. The naïve Marie comes up against tough block matron Evelyn Harper (Hope Emerson) and must decide whether accepting the friendship of the toughest prisoners will rub off on her and affect the future of her unborn child.
Director
John Cromwell
Producer
Jerry Wald
Screenwriter
Virginia Kellogg, Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Distributor
Fang Video, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Drama, LGBTQ+
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 19, 1950, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 36m
Sound Mix
Mono
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