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Prison Without Bars (1938)

Suzanne, Renee, Nina and Marta all hate being in prison, being slapped and treated badly, and so all the girls are trying to escape. Madame Appel just causes chaos all the time, with her ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Yvonne Chanel
Barry K. Barnes ...
Dr. Georges Marechal
Lorraine Clewes ...
Sally Wisher ...
Mme. Appel
Margaret Yarde ...
Mlle. Artemise
Elsie Shelton ...
Mme. Remy
Phyllis Morris ...
Mlle. Pauline
Nancy Roberts ...
Mlle. Dupont
Enid Lindsey ...
Mlle. Renard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roma Rice ...
Verena Rice ...


Suzanne, Renee, Nina and Marta all hate being in prison, being slapped and treated badly, and so all the girls are trying to escape. Madame Appel just causes chaos all the time, with her harsh manners. When Yvonne with her free-thinking ways is put in charge of the school for misbehaving girls, and asks them to tell her their complaints, they don't believe her at first. Yvonne is in love and about to marry the establishment's doctor, and it does not help that one teenage girl falls for him - and is corresponded. It's a hard life for the girls, and for the new female warden. Written by Artemis-9

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Women Without Men! - eager for life and love - turned into snarling animals - crying for revenge against a society that called them "bad"! See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

9 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mulheres Sem Homens  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film had its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Friday 21 January 1949 on Film Theater of the Air on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Sunday 20 February 1949 on KTSL (Channel 5). See more »


Version of Prison Without Bars (1947) See more »

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Fantastic Film! Should of made it big! A+++++++++++++++++++++
4 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is rare to find but I have a copy of it on VHS which I purchased from a US hard-to-find video site, and loved it! Great acting ability from the adorable Glynis Johns and Verena Rice. Edna Best is a delight, Mary Morris shows real skills and Martita Hunt brings a lot to her role.

With the superb Director, Brian Desmond Hurst, and the well known Producer, Alexander Korda, the only reason I can think that this film did not do well is because I heard that the main star, Corinne Luchaire, got together with a German Nazi just after the films release.

Such a shame! Enjoyed the film greatly all the same and wish it could be released in the stores! A+

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