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
The Story of a Women's Prison Today!
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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 didn't know what kind of a heel Harper is. She's like a cop I was sweet on once. He had to work guys over for no reason at all, just because it made him feel important. If I'd known I wouldn't have started on you.
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