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.
Will she come out a woman or a wildcat?
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Did You Know?
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
When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more
I'll tell Evelyn.
Don't kid me, Harper's first name is filth.
Referenced in Female Trouble