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The governor appoints lawyer Jeff Darrow to open an investigation on the reported cruelties inflicted on the inmates of the Bayou Reformatory For Women. The investigation is opposed by Mrs. Ballard, head of the prison, whose moronic brother, Cletus, is keeper of the prison bloodhounds. Nora Collins, once engaged to Jeff, but now an inmate because she had stolen to protect her brother, is resentful of prison methods and particularly bitter against the sadistic methods of a brutal prison guard named Darcy. Honey Blake and Kate unsuccessfully try to use Cletus in an escape attempt. But they try a second escape using Jeff, Nora and Mrs. Ballard as hostages. Mabry, Kate's gangland lover, hears of the escape and knowing she will go where she had hidden $50,000 gets there ahead of her. Written by
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Tough moll Beverly Michaels in tough women's prison farm
"Betrayed Women" (1955) is a women's prison movie. It's a prison farm really, and partly self-sufficient; but the budget hasn't changed in 10 years while prices have risen. The food is bad and recreation non-existent. The administration is cruel and abusive, like something out of "Fugitive from a Chain Gang". There are no cells, except for a crude solitary confinement shed. The women are sullen and rebellious, and that's no wonder.
Into this environment comes a very tough one, Beverly Michaels. The two others that the story hones in on are Peggy Knudsen, who'll get out in 2 months and Carole Mathews, ready to make a break (escape). The warden and her chief guard make an impression: Esther Dale and Sara Haden. Haden's brother, John Dierkes, keeps the dogs; but Mathews has used her wiles to use him for her ends. Knudsen's sweetheart is Tom Drake, and he's attempting to get prison reform. The big dramatic questions are what will happen to Michaels in her collision with the prison's forces, how will a prison escape happen, what will be its outcome, will Knudsen be dragged into it.
The enduring highlight of the movie is the tough women roles we see depicted and their conflict with the prison officials.
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