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Young and Willing (1954)

The Weak and the Wicked (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 18 July 1954 (USA)
Frank "women in prison" story that sympathetically tracks several inmates through their imprisonment and subsequent return to society. Some are successfully rehabilitated; some are not.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson)

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Joan Henry (book), J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Johns ... Jean Raymond
Diana Dors ... Betty Brown
John Gregson ... Dr. Michael Hale
Olive Sloane ... Nellie Baden, inmate
Rachel Roberts ... Pat, pregnant inmate
Jane Hylton ... Babs Peters, inmate
Athene Seyler ... Millie Williams, inmate
Jean Taylor Smith Jean Taylor Smith ... Prison Governor (Grange)
Cecil Trouncer Cecil Trouncer ... Presiding Judge
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Pam Vickers
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Seymour
Sidney James ... Syd Baden
Eliot Makeham ... Grandad Baden
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Prison Governor (Blackdown)
Joyce Heron Joyce Heron ... Prison Matron Arnold
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Frank "women in prison" story that sympathetically tracks several inmates through their imprisonment and subsequent return to society. Some are successfully rehabilitated; some are not. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Confessions of an Ex-Convict Who Strips Bare the Raw Facts! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young and Willing See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marble Arch Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Prolific character actress Marianne Stone appears unbilled as a fellow prisoner who comforts Diana Dors' character. See more »

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Glynis Johns gets sent down
5 October 2015 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

A peculiar mixture this, with an attempt to portray something of the reality of contemporary womens' prisons on one hand, combined with comedy flashbacks and a fictional approach to crime on the other.

The story centres around Jean Raymond (Glynis Johns) who is the subject of an elaborate frame when she can't pay her gambling debts. In reality, a half competent barrister could have destroyed the case against her, should it have ever come to court in the first place, but here she's sent down for twelve months. There follows her experiences in the grim Blackdown Jail and then The Grange, a progressive 'prison without bars'. Many of the usual clichés of such films are avoided and the staff are shown as being very strict, but fair. One of the comedy episodes features a comical family of shoplifters headed by Sid James and Olive Sloane; Sid's prominent position in the cast list, despite a relatively brief appearance, is notable even at this stage of his career. Another piece of nonsense has a wooden Sybil Thorndike attempting to murder her husband, and then framing Athene Seyler for blackmail. By contrast the scenes in the prison hospital are more realistic, with Jane Hylton giving perhaps the best performance as Babs, haunted by the death of the baby she had neglected. Though third billed, Diana Dors is not very memorable in what is little more than a supporting role. A couple of years or so later she was to give her finest performance for the same director in YIELD TO THE NIGHT.

The finale, with the orchestra in full flow, is as contrived and sentimental as anything that Hollywood could produce. Despite or because of its various eccentricities, I quite enjoyed this.


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