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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 »
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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)
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Some great smaller parts grow large, and Lupino is up against them all..., 25 February 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Women's Prison (1955)

This highlights Ida Lupino, and though her role is central it is small. She plays that hardened, selfish "dame" she pulled off in many of her movies like no one else, in this case a prison warden. Lupino is never campy like Bette Davis, or sultry like many others (even when she wants to be). She's also not idiosyncratic like Gloria Grahame, and this is good and bad. Lupino here and often elsewhere is a stalwart presence--she holds up her end of the bargain in any scene, without stealing the scene.

Her counterpart, even though this is mainly a woman's movie top to bottom, is the doctor played by Howard Duff. But the real stars are the prisoners, an array of women both confident and downtrodden. (Look for Juanita Moore, from "Imitation of Life.") Having these women revolt against Lupino's evilness is what we all want, and it's quite a drama.

There are many times when you will groan or laugh at what the plot gets away with (like the husband who sneaks in to see his wife, or the warden of the men's prison in general), but you'll really love the best parts, the best character actors who are really filled with character, and the fast plot. A good short fun one.

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