Life at a 1950s women's maximum security prison where the warden and the guards are as brutal as the inmates.

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Amelia van Zandt
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Brenda Martin
Cleo Moore ...
Mae
Audrey Totter ...
Joan Burton
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Helene Jensen
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Dr. Crane
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Glen Burton
Barry Kelley ...
Warden Brock
Gertrude Michael ...
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Dottie LaRose
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Matron Saunders
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Don Jensen
Adelle August ...
Grace
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Chief Guard Tierney
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Polyclinic 'Polly' Jones
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During the 1950s, two women inmates are sent to a maximum security state prison. One of the two women is a repeat offender who knows many of the inmates and guards at the prison. She almost feels like returning home to her prison family. The other woman is a decent person, a first-time offender who's no criminal.She unintentionally killed a child in a car accident. She's very young, married, and is terrified of being in prison. Her mental state is very fragile. The women's prison is adjacent to the men's prison. The two prisons are separated by a high wall but there are secret ways of crossing from one prison into the other. Warden Brock is in charge of the men's prison while Amelia van Zandt is the heartless brutal director of the women's prison. The guards are severe and not very friendly, since, they too, fear the wrath of their female warden van Zandt. The only ray of hope and decency in this earthly inferno is the prison doctor, Dr. Crane. However, the good doctor has little ... Written by nufs68

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Due to film's popularity in the 1980s, Sony Pictures released it in the boxed set Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume II. See more »

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During a sequence showing concurrent events at a co-ed prison (men on one side of wall, women on the other), the women are seen in the yard in sunny weather with short-sleeved uniforms, while the men's side is rainy, with prisoners in heavy coats. See more »

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Brenda Martin: You won't like it at first, but when you get used to it, you'll really hate it.
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Lupino - Totter - Sterling --Thaxter
26 April 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

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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