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
Will she come out a woman or a wildcat?
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Did You Know?
In order to do research for the film, Virginia Kellogg
pulled some strings to incarcerate herself in a woman's prison. What she wrote once she was out was not so much a screenplay, but a kind of almanac of everything she witnessed while in prison. Warner Bros. then got their screenwriters to make a screenplay out of it. See more
When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more
I'm a tall weed in the grass and the grapevines bloomin'.
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