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The Company She Keeps (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 1951 (UK)
Follows the progress of a female ex-convict as she tries to rebuild her life after being released from prison.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writer:

Ketti Frings (story and screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lizabeth Scott ... Joan Willburn
Jane Greer ... Diane Stuart
Dennis O'Keefe ... Larry Collins
Fay Baker ... Tilly Thompson
John Hoyt ... Judge Kendall
James Bell ... Mr. Neeley
Don Beddoe ... Jamieson
Bert Freed ... Smitty
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Seeley
Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Haley
Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland ... Mrs. Griggs
Virginia Farmer ... Mrs. Harris
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Storyline

A female ex-convict meets a handsome man and they begin seeing one another. Jeopardizing their relationship is her not telling him she was in prison and he not revealing his involvement with her parole officer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wall Outside See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At one point 6-months-old Jeff Bridges - playing Diane's (Jane Greer) infant son - was supposed to cry. To get him to cry Jeff's mother suggested they pinch him. (source is Jeff Bridges interview in the Nerdist podcast posted 15 July, 2013) See more »

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Jane Greer best thing about soft-hearted "sequel" to Caged
2 March 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The Company She Keeps might be viewed as John Cromwell's soft-hearted "sequel" to his great Caged of the same year (some of the same cast members reappear in small parts in both). Taking over the Eleanor Parker role -- the embittered parolee with a chip-on-the-shoulder attitude -- Jane Greer finally goes "freeside." Lizabeth Scott meets her at the train, not as a mentor into the world of vice but wasted as Greer's saintly parole officer. Greer makes it plain that she's none too happy with the constraints (a night-shift job, frumpy clothes, no drinking) imposed upon her, and promptly sets her hat for Scott's fiance Dennis O'Keefe, who tumbles right into it.

And this is where Ketti Frings' script loses whatever edge it had. The hard, manipulative Greer goes soft around the edges, conflicted and vacillating. Scott, meanwhile, magnanimously cedes O'Keefe to her rival and continues to advocate on her behalf with redoubled passion (an opposite change of heart would have furnished welcome friction).

Luckily, a few goblins still hover in the shadows, and, in a brief scene set in Los Angeles' municipal lockup, Cromwell manages to reprise some of the black magic of Caged. But the syrupy social messages and Frings' earnest kind-heartedness almost sink the movie, which nonetheless preserves one of Greer's rare appearances in the noir cycle, particularly savory at the movie's start and near its end. Just don't expect another Kathie Moffat from Out of the Past.


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