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The Ship of Condemned Women (1953)

La nave delle donne maledette (original title)
Isabella's family is noble but half-ruined, so her intended marriage with a dignitary of the kingdom appears as a godsend for all its members. But Isabella finds herself accused of ... See full summary »

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Aldo De Benedetti (screenplay), Léon Gózlan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerima ... Rosario
May Britt ... Consuelo
Ettore Manni ... Da Silva
Tania Weber Tania Weber ... Isabella
Gualtiero Tumiati ... Pietro Silveris
Olga Solbelli Olga Solbelli ... Anita
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Fernandez, the Ship's Captain
Ignazio Balsamo Ignazio Balsamo ... Duràn
Anna Arena Anna Arena ... La deportata aggressiva
Giorgio Capecchi Giorgio Capecchi ... Police Captain
Attilio Dottesio ... L'avvocato dell'accusa
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena ... Nora
Romolo Costa Romolo Costa ... Manuel de Haviland
Fedele Gentile Fedele Gentile ... Il marinaio amante di Carmen
Elvi Lissiak Elvi Lissiak ... Carmen
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Storyline

Isabella's family is noble but half-ruined, so her intended marriage with a dignitary of the kingdom appears as a godsend for all its members. But Isabella finds herself accused of infanticide after killing the baby she was carrying in secret and it is as if the whole sky fell in on the family. That just cannot be. The young woman's parents and perfidious Isabella herself are prepared to do anything to avoid scandal. And they do: they lure Consuelo, Isabella's cousin, into a trap so that it is she who takes the blame for the baby's death. Condemned to ten years of forced labor in a penal colony, Consuelo is embarked, amid over a hundred female convicts, on a special ship. A long, painful and eventful voyage begins. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The Fury of 100 Love-Starved Women See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ship of Lost Women See more »

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Production Co:

Excelsa Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 15074 delivered on 26-9-1953. See more »

Quotes

Fernandez, the Ship's Captain: You are as wicked as you are beautiful! That's why I like you so much.
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Alternate Versions

The American theatrical release prints of this film were in black and white, and with a running time of 95 minutes, to soften the impact of graphic violence in torture and combat scenes. See more »

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Malasierra
Written by P.G. Redi
Sung by Flo Sandon's
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A mind-boggling over-the-top potboiler
15 July 2014 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

Raffaello Matarazzo's colorful SHIP OF CONDEMNED WOMEN is an 18th century- set "penny dreadful" cross between a WIP (women-in-prison) flick and a swashbuckler with beautiful May Britt as an innocent girl convicted of murder and sentenced to a penal colony. She's thrown into a ship's cargo hold with a bunch of other female convicts (led by exotic belly dancer Kerima who's top-billed here for some reason) while topside are the real killer (a villainess worthy of Milady De Winter) and the young lawyer who defended and fell in love with May during her trial, stowing away just to be near her. Melodramtics of the highest order ensue, culminating in a "jail break" where the women use sex to make the sailors revolt against their corrupt captain. There's an "orgy" right out of Cecil B. DeMille (lewd dancing, passionate embraces, bare breasts, and women being carried off) just before a hurricane turns this over-the-top MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY into TITANIC. Don't miss it!


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