25 October 2014

Lady in a Cage (1964)
93 min.
Directed by Walter Grauman.
With Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sothern, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley, Jeff Corey, Rafael Campos.
Tense thriller about a woman invalid (de Havilland) who finds herself stuck in her house elevator...while a group of hooligans proceed to pillage & terrorize her to no end.

One of the many Baby Jane-inspired projects which starred an aging actress, this one is pretty good.

James Caan is appropriately menacing as the lead thug in his film debut.

An atmosphere of grimy violation makes Cage work as a suspense vehicle, heightening the action and emphasizing the performances of the genuinely good cast.

De Havilland delivers a solid performance, both in the action setups as well as the intriguing subplot with her son.

Director Grauman here also helmed the excellent 1970 TV horror Crowhaven Farm.

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