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There is nothing like a good women's prison melodrama. While this one, with its no-nonsense title, is not the equal of the classic of the genre, Caged (1950), but no matter. It still delivers--catfights, tough dames, tears of the wrongly accused and other delights abound.
What aficionado of 1950s movies and TV could resist a cast with Audrey Totter, Jan Sterling, Phyllis Thaxter, Howard Duff, or best of all: Ida Lupino? The latter was a fine and serious talent, but here she goes a bit overboard. Her portrayal of the prison warden is a classic example of over-the-top characterization. This warden is so monstrously evil that you want to cheer her on, just to see what she will do next. The fate of the Audrey Totter character is a case in point: Lupino's warden is insanely, jealously demonic toward this prisoner. (In fact, it weighs against the plausibility of the movie--how did this person get to be the warden?) The actress flirts dangerously with camp, and occasionally achieves it with extremely entertaining results.
A great choice for a rainy Friday night.
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