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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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You don't know women until you know them without men! See more »

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19 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Elveszett nök  »

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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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Helen: [referring to a newly paroled Marie Allen] What shall I do with her file?
Ruth Benton: Keep it active. She'll be back.
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The grandmother of the Women Behind Bars genre
4 January 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

There is undeniably some hokum in this 1950's crime drama, but this is still easily one of the best prison films ever, featuring top-notch performances by Eleanor Parker as the young innocent eventually hardened by the grim realities of prison life, and by Hope Emerson as the scary prison matron (both deservedly recieved Academy Award nominations for their work). This is a gripping, well-made story, highlighted further by moments of genuine power. One of my favorite 50's flicks.


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