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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (screenplay) &
Jack DeWitt (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
February 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
DRAMATIC-SHOCKER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Ida Lupino and Nearly Every Bad Girl Movie Star in Hollywood 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Ida Lupino and Nearly Every Bad Girl Movie Star in Hollywood, 17 February 2010
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

Dismissed by the critics at the time of it's release as a mediocre copy of 1950's prestigious "women's prison" drama CAGED, 1955's WOMEN'S PRISON has eclipsed that Oscar-nominated movie at least in terms of latter-day fame and as a iconic piece of 1950's Hollywood. The movie, more sensational and lurid than it's predecessor, opened the door for countless low-budget "women in prison" films in subsequent decades, most of which had characters more than a little similar to the ladies on display here. Clearly when it comes to babes behind bars pix, the public at large prefers bad sexy chicks on the rampage than a serious study of the prison system.

That's not to say WOMEN'S PRISON isn't a fairly terrific movie - it is, with a sensational performance as Ida Lupino as the coolly professional yet sadistic lady prison warden Amelia Van Zant. Ms. Lupino may have appeared in a number of classier films but she rarely had such an iconic role as she does here and she's superb. There aren't many actresses who would choose to underplay such a malevolent character as Lupino does; one could well imagine some of her contemporaries making Amelia a fire-breathing dragon from scene one.

Lupino is joined by a cast that includes virtually every "bad girl" actress of the era as one of the inmates - Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, and even (most deliciously) the casting of erstwhile 1930's "bad girls" Mae Clarke and Gertrude Michael as prison matrons. There's also perpetually sweet Phyllis Thaxter as the "new fish in the aquarium", serving one to ten years for vehicle manslaughter when she killed a young child. Already traumatized by the incident by the time she arrives at prison, meek little Phyllis is no match for Lupino's sadistic set-up at the prison which only makes things worse for her. Audrey Totter, often quite the bad girl in other movies, is another inmate who is more sinned against than sinner, innocent but jailed as an accessory to her husband's theft. Indeed, it's a bit incredible that none of the inmates seems to be remotely a person of violence or immorality - friendly floozy Jan Sterling is in the slammer for writing a bad check!! The whole cast is quite good and Sterling is excellent as basically the leader of the girls. Mae Clarke does very well in one her larger roles post-1940; on the other hand, the always appealing Cleo Moore is wasted in a rather thin smallish role as one of the inmates, a comic part as a Southern blonde bombshell. Vivian Marshall, an actress with only a handful of credits (most of them unbilled bits) comes close to stealing the picture as the inmate whose gift for mimicry (check out her fantastic burlesques of Bette Davis and Tallulah Bankhead) comes in handy when the women revolt. Overwrought it may be but WOMEN'S PRISON deserves it's status as a cult film with terrific performances and it's melodrama smoothly handled by underrated director Lewis Seiler.

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