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A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.

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Frightened 19-year-old Marie Allen gets sent to an Illinois penitentiary for being an accomplice in an armed robbery. A sympathetic prison head tries to help, but her efforts are subverted by cruel matron Evelyn Harper. Marie's harsh experiences turn her from doe-eyed innocent to hard-nosed con. Written by Anonymous

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Will she come out a woman or a wildcat? See more »

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19 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Femmes en cage  »

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Trivia

In order to do research for her book, former LA Times reporter and screenwriter (under contract at Warner's)Virginia Kellogg pulled some strings to incarcerate herself in a woman's prison. She then wrote a book about it "Women without Men," which was a kind of almanac of everything she witnessed while in prison. Warner Bros. then had her write the screenplay which was nominated for an Oscar. See more »

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When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more »

Quotes

Marie Allen: Kill her. Kill her. Kill her.
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Referenced in Female Trouble (1974) See more »

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Very Good
11 May 1999 | by (Selbyside - St. Paul, MN USA) – See all my reviews

Extremely well made drama about a woman's prison is one of the first and definitely the best of its genre. See it if you can find it on cable because unfortunately it's one of those films still in the archives.


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