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one of ellen corby's best roles.    yes.gif

 

and lee patrick is always sexy, despite the bulldyker character she plays in this flick.

 

Lee Patrick was an underused actress.   Some had said that she should have played Brigid in The Maltese Falcon (Astor being a great actress but may not perfect for the role).     

 

Caged is a movie where I just want to run to the Parker character and give her a hug and help her.     Parker was great in the role.

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Great series, Parker should have won the Oscar for Caged. But two films were missing:

Hell Hole, with the great Mary Woronov; and The Man Who Turned to Stone.

 

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OK, these two women's prison movies are not exactly Grade A, but they're worth seeing.

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Well, some of you know that it's Eleanor Parker in Caged for me. It's interesting that after all the years at Warner's, this little B picture was her last film there (or maybe next to last), and she goes on to win an Oscar nomination and a whole different career at MGM and truly comes into her own. But it's not just Parker here, Hope Emerson was brilliant and Lee Patrick? How many times do we see her just pop up in a film that you didn't realize she was going to be in it? Her tough madam was brilliant. Ellen Corby, funny. Jan Sterling delivers one of the classic lines "if that's what they are wearing on the outside, I'm glad I am in here". But, what about the old actress who I remember as Mrs. McGillacutty (sp) from I Love Lucy.  She used to baby sit little Ricky. She delivers those great words of wisdom to poor, sweet, huggable Eleanor. If you haven't seen it, go for it, it's fun.

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Well, some of you know that it's Eleanor Parker in Caged for me. It's interesting that after all the years at Warner's, this little B picture was her last film there (or maybe next to last), and she goes on to win an Oscar nomination and a whole different career at MGM and truly comes into her own. But it's not just Parker here, Hope Emerson was brilliant and Lee Patrick? How many times do we see her just pop up in a film that you didn't realize she was going to be in it? Her tough madam was brilliant. Ellen Corby, funny. Jan Sterling delivers one of the classic lines "if that's what they are wearing on the outside, I'm glad I am in here". But, what about the old actress who I remember as Mrs. McGillacutty (sp) from I Love Lucy.  She used to baby sit little Ricky. She delivers those great words of wisdom to poor, sweet, huggable Eleanor. If you haven't seen it, go for it, it's fun.

What a great bunch of gals, including Gertrude Hoffman, who played Mrs. Odets on "My Little Margie;" and the great Betty Garde as Kitty Stark, who excelled as Thelma the Maid in my favorite episode of The Honeymooners. Garde was also the original Aunt Eller in the original Broadway cast of Oklahoma! and has a great scene in Call Northside 777.

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 But, what about the old actress who I remember as Mrs. McGillacutty (sp) from I Love Lucy.  She used to baby sit little Ricky.

Kathryn Card played Lucille Ball's mother, Mrs. MacGillicuddy on I Love Lucy.  She seemed to be slated with watching Little Ricky when they were on long vacations, like when they went to Hollywood and Europe.  Elizabeth Patterson played Mrs. Trumbull, an elderly neighbor of the Ricardos and Mertzes who babysat Little Ricky when his parents were out for the evening.  Her character was also mentioned often by Lucy and Ricky when they were going to be out of the apartment for a long time, so they didn't sound like neglectful parents.  They'd casually say: "Little Ricky is with Mrs. Trumbull" or what not.

 

It's always fun to see these actors from my beloved I Love Lucy pop up in other movies.  Lucille Ball had great respect for character actors and tried to give them jobs in her television and radio shows whenever she could.

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OMG yes..... I am getting my Mrs. Odets and Mrs. Trumball's mixed up. Thanks for clearing Swithin and Speedracer 5. Robert Osborne worked for Lucy as a very young man and I've never heard anyone speak more highly about another person as he does about Lucy. He tells a great story about how she would call him and a few others long after they moved on and just checked in to see if they were OK and eating properly.

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House of Women, a ridiculous plot, but fun over-the-top Warner melodrama:

 

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LOL. I caught it in the overnight hours Sat. The poster was way more lurid then the film ever was. It wasnt bad (for a B movie) Interesting to see a very young Shirley Knight in the lead and many vets in supporting parts (Jeanne Cooper, Constance Ford, etc.)...

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I'm resurrecting this thread.  I saw that a "Guest" was reading it.  Apparently I even commented on it almost two years ago, I completely forgot.

 

I love Women in Prison movies.  I don't know what it is about them.  Men in prison movies are whatever (except I really like The Shawshank Redemption), but women in prison films fascinate me.  

 

I love Caged! because it's so campy and I really like Eleanor Parker.  She does a great job.  I feel so bad for her in this film.  Parker's slow transformation from a naive teenaged newlywed to a hardened young woman is excellent.  Agnes Moorehead, Hope Emerson and Lee Patrick provide excellent support.  

 

Ladies They Talk About is fun.  Barbara Stanwyck is the prisoner in this film and unlike Parker's prison, Stanwyck's is a regular country club.  The ladies have decorated cells, they do each other's hair, Stanwyck's jail dress is perfectly tailored to fit her svelte frame and they're allowed to change into their normal clothes for visits.

 

They're fun late night entertainment.  I remember people mentioning The Company She Keeps with Lizabeth Scott.  I will keep an eye out for that on the schedule.  

 

What are some other "women in prison" movies that I may enjoy? 

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Most of the WIP's (the commonly used acronym in exploitation movie reference books) that I've seen are of the decidedly sleazier variety. Caged Heat, Chained Heat, The Bird Big Cage, The Big Doll House, 99 Women, Women in Cages, Black Mama White Mama.

 

 

Brokedown Palace, with Claire Danes, is a more reputable title in the genre.

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Most of the WIP's (the commonly used acronym in exploitation movie reference books) that I've seen are of the decidedly sleazier variety. Caged Heat, Chained Heat, The Bird Big Cage, The Big Doll House, 99 Women, Women in Cages, Black Mama White Mama.

 

 

Brokedown Palace, with Claire Danes, is a more reputable title in the genre.

 

For some reason, I like the sound of "Black Mama White Mama."  I'll need to do some more research on the titles you've mentioned.  While I'm not into the sleazy hardcore porn type variety, if the movies are sleazy in the sense that they're slightly trashy, I may be able to embrace those.  Often times, "trashy" accompanies camp.  

 

EDIT: After researching some of the titles you've mentioned, it appears that a common theme among these films is Pam Grier.  Though I see that my favorite "Roller Boogie-er," Linda Blair, appears in Chained Heat.  

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I put women's prison movies into two categories--BTSS

and ATSS--before and after topless shower scenes.

Caged is one of the best, if not the best, in the former

category. Hope Emerson as the ginormous candy and

movie magazine loving hardass is a hoot.

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I put women's prison movies into two categories--BTSS

and ATSS--before and after topless shower scenes.

Caged is one of the best, if not the best, in the former

category. Hope Emerson as the ginormous candy and

movie magazine loving hardass is a hoot.

Lol.  I suppose I'm interested in the BTSS women's in prison movies.  I couldn't careless about seeing women topless.  Not that interesting to me. 

 

Hope Emerson was hilarious.  It was even more hilarious when Betty Garde stabbed her with the fork and Eleanor Parker cheers her on. 

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I loved all these comments.  And they are all so true!  I also agree that I wished I could have hugged Eleanor Parker's characters in "Caged" and "Detective Story".  She was so vulnerable in these two movies, and certainly did not deserve the treatment she received.

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Two films which I don't believe have been mentioned are Hellhole (1985), with the great Mary Woronov, perhaps one of the trashiest films in the genre; and The Man Who Turned to Stone (1958), in which a group of 200-year-old doctors, led by Victor Jory, manage a reform school for girls, draining the girls of some serum, in order to prolong the lives of the ancient doctors.

 

Here's a scene from Hellhole and an image from The Man Who Turned to Stone.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHKaIcRUt5U

 

 

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