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The metamorphosis and transformation of Eleanor Parker, as Marie Allen, from a frightened, naive teary-eyed pregnant 19 year old, imprisoned as a robbery accomplice, into a hard-core inmate prostituting herself for parole, is compelling cinema that holds up magnificently after six decades.
classic noir, nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Actress—Eleanor Parker, Best Supporting Actress—Hope Emerson, Best Original Story and Screenplay-Virginia Kellogg and Bernard Schoenfeld), would be packaged in this manner.

The metamorphosis of Eleanor Parker from a tear-streaked pregnant teen,imprisoned as a robbery accomplice, into a steely eyed, con prostituting herself for parole, is compelling cinema that holds up magnificently after six decades. Caged remains a groundbreaking picture that seamlessly melded social commentary with high drama. Caged also initiated important censorship battles that would prove a harbinger of future changes in the Production Code Authority (PCA).

Why was this distinguished film released
classic noir, nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Actress—Eleanor Parker, Best Supporting Actress—Hope Emerson, Best Original Story and Screenplay-Virginia Kellogg and Bernard Schoenfeld), would be packaged in this manner.

The metamorphosis of Eleanor Parker from a tear-streaked pregnant teen,imprisoned as a robbery accomplice, into a steely eyed, con prostituting herself for parole, is compelling cinema that holds up magnificently after six decades. Caged remains a groundbreaking picture that seamlessly melded social commentary with high drama. Caged also initiated important censorship battles that would prove a harbinger of future changes in the Production Code Authority (PCA).

Why was this distinguished film released
Glamour was not permitted on the set. Make-up czar Perc Westmore was reportly told by the director : “I am in complete agreement with you that none of the women should wear make-up of any kind at all. This is important in order to give the film the documentary feeling we want.” The lone concession being five wigs designed by Westmore to show Eleanor Parker’s various tonsorial transitions.
Eleanor Parker would leave Warner Bros. after "Caged," inking a new contract with Paramount. Her new deal consisting of one picture per year and allowed her the freedom of making movies for other studios-- an experience she never encountered as an actress in her seven years at Warner Bros.
Mostly forgotten until it resurfaced again on WOR-TV's "Million Dollar Movie" in N.Y.C, this extraordinary movie is today appreciated by new generations for it heart-wretching performances and pithy dialogue. With it's exceptional supporting cast, this is one gem that needs to be re-mined once again.
Agnes Moorhead as the kind-hearted prison warden, Benson.
Eleanor Parker as the desperate inmate, "Marie Allen"
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Marie Allen's first escape attempt
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