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

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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19 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Femmes en cage  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Evelyn Harper: Home sweet home! Just like the big cage in the zoo - only you clean it up instead of the keeper. Bucket and brush is in the corner closet.
Marie Allen: Mrs. Benton said I was going to work in the laundry.
Evelyn Harper: I'm the boss here! Start scrubbin'!
Marie Allen: But Mrs. Benton told me...
Marie Allen: [she sees another inmate signaling her not to talk back] Where do I begin, Mrs. Harper?
Evelyn Harper: Now you're gettin' hip.
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Absolutely the best women in prison film made!!!
30 August 2002 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

This film, of the genre, women in prison, or incarcerated.... is the best.. I cant understand why its not available on VHS or DVD !!!?? Brilliant performances by Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, and especially, Hope Emerson, as the prison matron... were all outstanding!! Parker & Emerson were Oscar nominated, and in a year (1950) which gave us, "All About Eve" , "Sunset Blvd", and others, that was no easy feat!!...Parkers beauty and innocence gave the film its sensitivity & vulnerability... Moorehead was also outstanding (as always) but Emerson defined the role of prison matron.. forever!!.wow what a monster....!!! what a performance.. !!watch for the lesbian moments as Emerson attempts to control the "girls" esp. Parker.. Nice moments by Gertrude Hoffmann (later Mrs Odettes in TVs "My Little Margie",) as the older inmate.... and the entire cast... a gem... dont miss.... and please reissue on video......


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