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.
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The movie does touch on lesbianism when the lead character of Marie Allen, portrayed beautifully by Eleanor Parker, is crying for her dead husband. A fellow bunk mate inmate, hearing her bellows, asks her why she's crying and when Marie Allen answers her question that her crying was over her husband who was killed, her bunk mate says " Don't worry honey after a while you won't think of men anymore. It just comes natural ". It's also implied that the character of Elvira Powell, portrayed perfectly by Lee Patrick, seems to be personally interested in Marie Allen. See more
When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more
Don't let it throw you, honey. You're still a kid. If you get paroled soon enough, there'll be a lotta guys that'll tumble for ya. You can even get hitched and have another kid if you're dope enough to want to. The trick's to flop out as soon as you can. Like I said, the boys can get your parole movin' fast. How 'bout it? Don't it make sense, honey? Think it over, sweetioe, but get this through your head: if you stay in here too long, you don't think of guys at all - you just get out of the ...
Referenced in Reform School Girls