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Houston Branch (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 November 1945 (USA) See more »
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Lynne Roberts ... Jeanne Crail

Virginia Christine ... Bernice Meyers
Marion Martin ... Dixie

Adele Mara ... Harriet

Tom Keene ... Barton Sturgis (as Richard Powers)
Geraldine Wall ... Head Matron Marsden

Tala Birell ... Alma Vlasek

Norma Varden ... Mrs. Thelma Holt
Mary Newton ... Dr. Gale Warren

Steve Barclay ... Smiley Gordon (as Stephen Barclay)

Erskine Sanford ... Professor O'Neill
Sarah Edwards ... Dormitory Matron

Ida Moore ... 'Mother' Fielding
William Forrest ... District Attorney

Verna Felton ... Agnes
George Reynolds ... Earl Williams

Dick Elliott ... Felton
Hella Crossley ... Mae
Kathryn Sheldon ... Kitchen Warden
Isabel Withers ... Alma's Cell Warden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gertrude Astor ... Railroad Matron (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Police Dispatcher (voice) (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Visitors Matron (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Scholar (uncredited)

Symona Boniface ... Matron (uncredited)

Grace Cunard ... Medical Trustee (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ... Postmistress (uncredited)

Dorothy Granger ... Woman Clerk (uncredited)

John Ince ... Pompous Man (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ... Inmate (uncredited)
Elaine Lange ... Mabel (uncredited)

Tom London ... Sheriff at Alma's Cell (uncredited)
Mary McCarty ... Inmate (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Bart's Secretary (uncredited)
Florence Pepper ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Detective Benson (uncredited)
Mary Rockwell ... Laundry Matron (uncredited)

Marin Sais ... Foyer Matron (uncredited)
Walter Shumway ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lee Slater ... Yell Leader (uncredited)
Sheila Stewart ... Trustee-Clerk (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Rean Tibeau ... The Little Stoolie (uncredited)

Directed by
George Archainbaud 
Writing credits
Houston Branch (original screenplay)

Produced by
Rudolph E. Abel .... associate producer
Herman Millakowsky .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Dubin 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
Film Editing by
Arthur Roberts 
Art Direction by
Gano Chittenden 
Set Decoration by
Earl Wooden  (as Earl B. Wooden)
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Webster .... assistant director
Sound Department
Victor B. Appel .... sound (as Victor Appel)
T.A. Carman .... sound mixer (as Thomas A. Carman)
Howard Wilson .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gordon Schaefer .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Kirkpatrick .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Morton Scott .... musical director
John Stransky Jr. .... music editor
Mort Glickman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Stransky Jr. .... music mixer (uncredited)

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USA:68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not really a girls in jail movie..., 30 March 2009

It's not about a real hard and dark film noir you have to deal with. Not WOMEN'S PRISON, CAGED, BETRAYED WOMEN or even STORY OF MOLLY X. No. Just a little drama which takes place more in a sort of boarding school than in a jail. Inmates have pretty comfortable bedrooms and there is not vicious and sadistic warden in petticoat in the Ida Lupino style - WOMEN'S PRISON - in it.

It never falls into comedy, but it remains a little mystery film telling the story of a young woman sent behind bars because she is accused to have stolen a wallet. But is she really guilty?

There are some another things in this picture, but nothing unusual.

It's one of the hundred of movies that George Archaimbaud made.

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