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Movies: “Lady in a Cage”

July 8, 1964 - Opening today is “Lady in a Cage,” a psychological thriller directed by Walter Grauman, written and produced by Luther Davis, and starring Olivia de Havilland (right) and James Caan (left). The film was released by Paramount Pictures.

In the story, a woman trapped in a home elevator is terrorized by a group of vicious hoodlums.

The film was partially inspired by the New York blackout of August 17, 1959. Davis knew a woman who was trapped in the elevator of a private residence on the city’s Upper East Side. She called for help and was heard by two men who raped her. During his research, Davis learned that all elevators in New York have to be equipped with a phone, which would have ruined the story, so the film is set in an unnamed city.


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