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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10 June 1950 (USA)  »

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In an early example of product placement, Snickers, Mason Mints and Life-Savers are clearly visible when Harper opens the drawer in her room. See more »

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

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Infirmary Nurse: [to one of the infirmary assistants, as Marie is being given her prison medical exam] I hope your batch is cleaner than the last lot. I had to scrub them with brooms.
Infirmary Nurse: [examines her eyes and ears] Eyes okay... No drugs in the ears... Open your mouth wide... I said *wide*!
Infirmary Nurse: [examines inside her mouth] No drugs in mouth. Teeth sound.
Infirmary Nurse: [thumps her chest] Lung tap sound... Heart excited, but strong enough.
Infirmary Nurse: [Marie starts to look very uncomfortable] What's the matter?
Marie Allen: [weakly] I feel a little sick...
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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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