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
You don't know women until you know them without men!
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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
When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more
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.
Mrs. Benton said I was going to work in the laundry.
I'm the boss here! Start scrubbin'!
But Mrs. Benton told me...
[she sees another inmate signaling her not to talk back
Where do I begin, Mrs. Harper?
Now you're gettin' hip.
Referenced in From Manila with Love