DirectorWalter Grauman Initial DVD releaseMarch 29, 2005 Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 8, 1964 (1964-07-08) (United States) CastOlivia de Havilland (Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard), James Caan (Randall Simpson O'Connell), Jennifer Billingsley (Elaine), Rafael Campos (Essie), William Swan (Malcolm Hilyard), Jeff Corey (George L. Brady Jr. aka Repent) Similar moviesSalt, The Hoarder, Sliver, Clue, Free Fall, The Edukators
TaglineDo not see "Lady in a Cage" alone!
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Lady in a Cage is a 1964 American psychological thriller film directed by Walter Grauman, written and produced by Luther Davis, and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Olivia de Havilland and features James Caan in his first substantial film role.
When an electrical power failure occurs, Mrs. Hilyard (Olivia de Havilland), a wealthy widow recuperating from a broken hip, becomes trapped between floors in the cage-like elevator she has installed in her mansion. With her son Malcolm (William Swan) away for a summer weekend, she relies on the elevator's emergency alarm to attract attention, but the only response comes from an alcoholic derelict, George (Jeff Corey), who enters the home, ignores her pleas and steals some small items.
The wino sells the stolen goods to a fence, then visits his prostitute friend, Sade (Ann Sothern), and tells her of the treasure trove he has stumbled upon. The expensive goods George fenced attract the attention of three young hoodlums, Randall (James Caan), Elaine (Jennifer Billingsley) and Essie (Rafael Campos). The trio follows George and Sade back to the Hilyard home, where they conduct an orgy of violence, killing George the wino and locking Sade in a closet.
Randall then pulls himself up to the elevator and taunts Mrs. Hilyard with a note left behind by her son Malcolm, in which he threatens suicide because of her domineering manner. Shocked by the revelation, Mrs. Hilyard struggles with Randall, escapes the elevator, and crawls out of the house. Randall follows and, as he is attempting to drag her back inside, Mrs. Hilyard gouges his eyes, but is dragged inside by his accomplices. As she crawls back outside, the blinded assailant stumbles into the street and is run over by a passing automobile, whereupon police arrive to arrest the surviving intruders and comfort the victim.
Olivia de Havilland as Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard
James Caan as Randall Simpson O'Connell
Jennifer Billingsley as Elaine
Jeff Corey as George L. Brady Jr. aka Repent
Ann Sothern as Sade
Rafael Campos as Essie
William Swan as Malcolm Hilyard
Charles Seel as Mr. Paul (Junkyard Proprietor)
Scatman Crothers as Junkyard Proprietor's Assistant