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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (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 »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
Juanita Moore obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 3 January 2014, 12:55 PM, PST)

Juanita Moore obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 3 January 2014, 4:01 AM, PST)

Audrey Totter obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 16 December 2013, 5:20 AM, PST)

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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 Kenny ... Guard (uncredited)
Beverly Kidd ... Inmate (uncredited)
Jarma Lewis ... Inmate (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Guard (uncredited)
Mike Mahony ... 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)
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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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Don't Chain Up The Gals Near To The Guys, 27 August 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Ida Lupino and Howard Duff head a cast in a story about a Women's Prison. But these two who were married in real life at the time are hardly romantic leads in this film.

Ida plays the head of a female division of a state prison, the overall warden is Barry Kelley. The message the film is trying to give although the reason for it is pretty exotic is that boys will be boys and that women ought to be in a separate facility altogether. The main plot line of this film is convict Warren Stevens trying to get over to the women's division to see his wife Audrey Totter. Stevens's successful visits which get Totter pregnant get the whole thing crashing around Lupino's head.

It's all been done before, especially by some in this cast. Howard Duff was one of the convicts in Brute Force and there are definite elements of that film carrying over here. More so even than the classic Caged in which Jan Sterling also played the same kind of brassy dame who knows the ropes.

In Caged you'll remember the chief villain was the sadistic guard Harper played by Hope Emerson, the warden was the sympathetic Agnes Moorehead. Here the corruption stinks at the top where Lupino takes out her own unfulfilled life on the inmates. The entire cast performs remarkably well, especially Lupino and Sterling.

As for how it ends, if you've seen another Ida Lupino classic, They Drive By Night than you kind of know what happens to her. Still Women's Prison is worth seeing it again.

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