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Women's Prison (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | February 1955 (USA)
Life at a 1950s women's maximum security prison where the warden and the guards are as brutal as the inmates.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screenplay), Jack DeWitt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ida Lupino ... Amelia van Zandt
Jan Sterling ... Brenda Martin
Cleo Moore ... Mae
Audrey Totter ... Joan Burton
Phyllis Thaxter ... Helene Jensen
Howard Duff ... Dr. Crane
Warren Stevens ... Glen Burton
Barry Kelley ... Warden Brock
Gertrude Michael ... Chief Matron Sturgess
Vivian Marshall Vivian Marshall ... Dottie LaRose
Mae Clarke ... Matron Saunders
Ross Elliott ... Don Jensen
Adelle August ... Grace
Don C. Harvey ... Chief Guard Tierney
Juanita Moore ... Polyclinic 'Polly' Jones
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During the 1950s, two women inmates are sent to a maximum security state prison. One of the two women is a repeat offender who knows many of the inmates and guards at the prison. She almost feels like returning home to her prison family. The other woman is a decent person, a first-time offender who's no criminal.She unintentionally killed a child in a car accident. She's very young, married, and is terrified of being in prison. Her mental state is very fragile. The women's prison is adjacent to the men's prison. The two prisons are separated by a high wall but there are secret ways of crossing from one prison into the other. Warden Brock is in charge of the men's prison while Amelia van Zandt is the heartless brutal director of the women's prison. The guards are severe and not very friendly, since, they too, fear the wrath of their female warden van Zandt. The only ray of hope and decency in this earthly inferno is the prison doctor, Dr. Crane. However, the good doctor has little ... Written by nufs68

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DRAMATIC-SHOCKER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Femmes en prison See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to film's popularity in the 1980s, Sony Pictures released it in the boxed set Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume II. See more »

Goofs

During a sequence showing concurrent events at a co-ed prison (men on one side of wall, women on the other), the women are seen in the yard in sunny weather with short-sleeved uniforms, while the men's side is rainy, with prisoners in heavy coats. See more »

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Dr. Crane: She's suffering from a guilt complex that's close to madness.
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Referenced in Missing Reel: Women in Prison (2014) See more »

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Not "Caged" But Good On Its Own Terms
14 June 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino gets one of her juiciest roles here. It may not be one of her subtlest but she gets to sink her teeth into it. She is the conniving, heartless, loveless warden of the title institution.

The inmates include blowzy dames from various studios. It's a great cast. We have Jan Sterling, Audrey Totter, and Cleo Moore. Moore is sans Hugo Haas.

It's a trifle hard to believe the plot. A co-ed prison where the women are abused. But though it may not be terribly cogent, it's strong. It's forceful.

Early in the movie Juanita Hall, playing a character named Polly, is introduced. She says she was named after the hospital where she was born: Polyclinic. Hey, I was born there, too. Maybe I should have been named Clint.

Watch this one. It's not campy. It can be taken very seriously. But it's also fun to see all these dolls cracking wise and playing tough.


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