A naive 19-year-old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a women's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.

Director:

John Cromwell
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Marie Allen
Agnes Moorehead ... Ruth Benton
Ellen Corby ... Emma Barber
Hope Emerson ... Evelyn Harper
Betty Garde ... Kitty Stark
Jan Sterling ... Jeta Kovsky - aka Smoochie
Lee Patrick ... Elvira Powell
Olive Deering ... June Roberts - Inmate
Jane Darwell ... Isolation Matron
Gertrude Michael ... Georgia Harrison
Sheila MacRae ... Helen (as Sheila Stevens)
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Storyline

Frightened 19-year-old Marie Allen gets sent to an Illinois penitentiary for being an accomplice in an armed robbery. A sympathetic prison head tries to help, but her efforts are subverted by cruel matron Evelyn Harper. Marie's harsh experiences turn her from doe-eyed innocent to hard-nosed con. Written by Anonymous

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You don't know women until you know them without men! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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For its time, this film was a shockingly realistic depiction of women's prisons, persuasively making the argument that the unfeeling manner in which incarcerated women were treated by America's penal system contributed to the perpetual problem of recidivism. See more »

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When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more »

Quotes

Infirmary Nurse: [to one of the infirmary assistants, as Marie is being given her prison medical exam] I hope your batch is cleaner than the last lot. I had to scrub them with brooms.
Infirmary Nurse: [examines her eyes and ears] Eyes okay... No drugs in the ears... Open your mouth wide... I said *wide*!
Infirmary Nurse: [examines inside her mouth] No drugs in mouth. Teeth sound.
Infirmary Nurse: [thumps her chest] Lung tap sound... Heart excited, but strong enough.
Infirmary Nurse: [Marie starts to look very uncomfortable] What's the matter?
Marie Allen: [weakly] I feel a little sick...
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Edited into Prison Girls (1972) See more »

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Great movie, underrated
17 May 1999 | by toto-24See all my reviews

For reasons I cannot fathom, this film sometimes ends up on lists of the worst movies of all time; this despite Oscar nominations for Eleanor Parker and Hope Emerson. It has some of the best acting performances around, runs the gamut on "stock" characters, but well done and great black & white filming and lighting. It's terrifically engaging and one quickly gets wrapped up with the characters, some of whom are morally ambiguous and some of whom are just evil, and how they choose to cope in unbearable circumstances. It's a great movie and deserving of a lot more credit than it's gotten in the past. 10/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caged See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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