Caged (1950 film)

Caged (1950 film)

name = Caged

imdb_id = 0042296
director = John Cromwell
writer = Virginia Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld (story)
Virginia Kellogg (screenplay)
starring = Eleanor Parker
Agnes Moorehead
Ellen Corby
Hope Emerson
producer = Jerry Wald
music = Max Steiner
cinematography = Carl E. Guthrie
distributor = Warner Bros.
released = May 19, 1950 (U.S. release)
runtime = 96 min.
language = English

"Caged" is a 1950 film tells the story of a teenage newlywed, who is sent to prison for being an accessory to a robbery. Her experiences while incarcerated, along withthe killing of her husband, change her from a very frightened young girl into a hardened convict.

The movie was adapted by Virginia Kellogg from the story "Women Without Men" by Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld. It was directed by John Cromwell.


A 19-year-old married teenager (Eleanor Parker) is sent to prison, after a botched armed robbery attempt with her equally young husband (who is killed). While receiving her prison physical, she finds out that she is two months pregnant. She gives birth to a healthy baby and "temporarily" grants full custody to her mother. The intent is to get the baby back after she is released. However, her callous mother has other plans and without her knowledge, permanently gives the child up for adoption (because the child does not fit into the grandmother's lifestyle). She never sees her baby again.

Due to this and other unwelcome events and actions, (including being watched over by a very sadistic and physically menacing female prison guard (Hope Emerson)) this young girl makes a startling transformation into a hardened criminal.


It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Eleanor Parker), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hope Emerson) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.


*Eleanor Parker as Marie Allen
*Agnes Moorehead as Ruth Benton
*Ellen Corby as Emma Barber
*Hope Emerson as Evelyn Harper
*Betty Garde as Kitty Stark
*Jan Sterling as Smoochie
*Lee Patrick as Elvira Powell
Gertrude Hoffman also has a role in the film playing an elderly prisoner that tries to warn Marie to go straight.

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