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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (screenplay) &
Jack DeWitt (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
February 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
DRAMATIC-SHOCKER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
User Reviews:
She's suffering from a guilt complex that's close to madness. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ida Lupino ... Amelia van Zandt

Jan Sterling ... Brenda Martin
Cleo Moore ... Mae
Audrey Totter ... Joan Burton

Phyllis Thaxter ... Helene Jensen

Howard Duff ... Dr. Crane

Warren Stevens ... Glen Burton
Barry Kelley ... Warden Brock
Gertrude Michael ... Chief Matron Sturgess
Vivian Marshall ... Dottie LaRose

Mae Clarke ... Matron Saunders
Ross Elliott ... Don Jensen
Adelle August ... Grace
Don C. Harvey ... Chief Guard Tierney

Juanita Moore ... Polyclinic 'Polly' Jones
Edna Holland ... Sarah Graham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Mae's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Wanda Barbour ... Inmate (uncredited)
Lucille Barkley ... Inmate (uncredited)
June Benbow ... Inmate (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Sue Carlton ... Inmate Patient (uncredited)
Lucia Carroll ... Inmate (uncredited)
Madge Cleveland ... Matron (uncredited)
Marge Davies ... Inmate (uncredited)
Diane DeLaire ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Mary Lou Devore ... Inmate in Hospital (uncredited)
Gay Fairchild ... Inmate (uncredited)
Eddie Foy III ... Warden's Trustee (uncredited)
Vera Francis ... Black Woman (uncredited)
Jeanne Gail ... Inmate (uncredited)
Julie Gehring ... Inmate (uncredited)
Jean Harvey ... Matron (uncredited)
Marcoreta Hellman ... Inmate (uncredited)
Joyce Johnson ... Inmate (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Guard (uncredited)
Beverly Kidd ... Inmate (uncredited)
Jarma Lewis ... Inmate (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Guard (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Inmate (uncredited)
Lee Martin ... Guard (uncredited)
Jana Mason ... Josie (uncredited)
Beatrice Maude ... Matron (uncredited)
Mara McAfee ... Inmate (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Burke (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Guard (uncredited)
Lynn Millan ... Carol (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell ... Inmate (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Miss Whittier (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Laundry Matron Enright (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Convict (uncredited)
Geraldine Pattison ... Inmate (uncredited)
Lonnie Pierce ... Inmate (uncredited)
Phyllis Planchard ... Inmate (uncredited)
Riza Royce ... Matron (uncredited)
Dorothy Ryan ... Matron (uncredited)

Angela Stevens ... Inmate (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Frank, Turnkey (uncredited)
Lorna Thayer ... Deputy Sheriff Green (uncredited)
Merry Townsend ... Inmate (uncredited)
Ruth Vann ... Inmate in Hospital (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Inmate (uncredited)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
 
Writing credits
Crane Wilbur (screenplay) &
Jack DeWitt (screenplay)

Jack DeWitt (story)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lester White  (as Lester H. White)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Batista 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Mertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karol Rathaus .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter G. Samuels .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernst Toch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Brenda Martin:Remember, be quiet. One yell out of a slaphappy dame will blow the whole works. Now, go on, beat it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fright Night Part 2 (1988)See more »

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She's suffering from a guilt complex that's close to madness., 1 December 2011
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Women's Prison is directed by Lewis Seiler and jointly written by Jack DeWitt and Crane Wilbur. It stars Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, Phyliss Thaxter, Howard Duff and Warren Stevens. Music is orchestrated by Mischa Bakaleinikoff and photography by Lester H. White.

Cheap but entertaining piece of prison shlock, Women's Prison gets in and simmers on the heat for an hour and ten minutes until the inevitable explosion for the finale. The standard roll call of prison staples adheres to formula, new fish who clearly doesn't belong, sassy good time gal, sadistic warden, beatings, emotional hell, sexual frustration and of course a riot! There's solid traces of psychological discord in the narrative, not least with Lupino's splendidly vile warden, who, because she can't function with men on the outside world, promptly vents her pent up frustrations on the female inmates. A nice addition to the plot is that it's a co-ed prison, the mens prison is but a bricked wall away from the girls. Cue a neat little thread of a lustful Warren Stevens popping next door for some fun time with his also incarcerated wife.

Problem with the film is its look. Mood is fine but this is one of the nicest, cleanest and airiest prisons seen in film! Isolation and claustrophobia are a key ingredients of a good prison film, but those feelings are missing here, with Lester White's photography hardly utilising the chances on offer. How the film has come to be regarded as a "prison noir" is a mystery, unless the mere presence of Lupino warrants it a place?! The steam press room scenes work well, and the tear gas finale is nicely realised, but mostly this is good because of some neat lady acting performances and the afore mentioned psychological smarts in the story. Also of interest is the play off between Lupino and Duff's kindly prison doctor, which since they were married (an on off marriage that would last for decades), carries with it a bit of spice as they jostle for the sanity of meek Helene Jensen (Thaxter).

Subtle as a sledgehammer but ever so enjoyable, Women's Prison just about deserves its cult classic status. 7/10

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