Prison Farm (1938)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  17 June 1938 (USA)
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A young woman falls in love with with an armed robber. She gets arrested while visiting him in prison, and winds up in prison herself.



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Complete credited cast:
Shirley Ross ...
Larry Harrison
Dr. Roi Conrad
Noel Haskins
Porter Hall ...
Chiston R. Bradby
Esther Dale ...
Cora Waxley
May Boley ...
'Shifty' Sue
Matron Brand
Matron Ames
John Hart ...
'Texas' Jack


Disregarding the advice if her friends and against her own better judgment, working girl Jean Forest keeps company with Larry Harrison, a small-time hoodlum, helps him out of jams he gets in and even shares her money with him. When he suggests they elope to Canada, she gives up her job, not knowing that he has just committed a holdup in which a man has been killed. On the way, they are arrested for a minor offense and Harrison, hoping to hide out on the local prison farm, pleads guilty and both are sent there. The local prison farm turns out to be a backward and brutal penal colony, and the only person in the camp that Jean can turn to for help is Roi Conrad, the camp doctor who is crusading for reforms at the farm-camp. Written by Les Adams <>

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17 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Penas de Amor  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Lloyd Nolan Goes To Jail and Takes His Girlfriend With Him
1 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan is a guy who wants to bring his girlfriend the finer things in life without working too hard. But his scheme begins to unravel when he socks a corrupt cop making the moves on his girl, and gets both himself and his girl Shirley Ross sentenced to six months at the county PRISON FARM. Will Shirley find true love with the kindly prison doctor, or can his relationship with Lloyd survive his criminal instincts?

This is a not bad Warners style movie which packs in a lot of plot in a short running time. Shirley Ross puts in a nice performance as a good girl being slowly embittered by the parade of bad luck the movie flings at her. Nolan's performance is interesting, if a little perplexing. Nolan is playing for sympathy, but his role is decidedly unsympathetic. Other performances are neither good nor bad -- just rather typical. Viisually, the movie is more efficient with brilliant, but there is an impressive laundry room riot in the women's side of the prison farm about half way through the movie.

All in all, a good solid movie. If it had been made in the Bryan Foy unit at Warners, it would have featured Bogart and Ann Sheriden, and be a lot better known through constant showings on Turner Classic Movies

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