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Women in Chains (1972)

Female parole officer poses as an inmate in a women's prison in order to investigate murder, abuse and living conditions.

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Rita Lakin
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Credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Claire Tyson
Lois Nettleton ... Sandra Parker / Sally Porter
Jessica Walter ... Dee Dee
Belinda Montgomery ... Melinda Carr
Penny Fuller ... Helen Anderson
John Larch ... Barney
Neile Adams ... 'Connie'
Hazel Medina Hazel Medina ... Althea
Katherine Cannon ... Alice (as Kathy Cannon)
Lucille Benson ... Billie
Joyce Jameson ... Simpson
Judy Strangis ... Maggie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Andrews
Alice Backes ... Mrs. Foster
Barbara Baldavin Barbara Baldavin ... Ginger
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Lady parole officer goes undercover to investigate prison brutality, but is trapped when the only person on the outside who knows why she's there is killed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Women's State Prison. Where Not All The Murderers Are Behind Bars

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Drama

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TV-movie debut of Ida Lupino. See more »

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Referenced in Magnum, P.I.: A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken (1985) See more »

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Very Suspenseful
1 July 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

When one of her parolees is killed in prison, "Sandra Parker" (Lois Nettleton) decides to investigate by going into the prison disguised as a convict under the name of "Sally Porter". The only person who knows of her ruse is her fellow parole officer "Helen Anderson" (Penny Fuller). Unfortunately, Helen is killed in the line of duty and nobody else is aware of Sandra's plan. So now she has to contend with a sadistic chief matron named "Claire Tyson" (Ida Lupino) who has developed an intense dislike for her. To help the chief matron are two informants named "Dee Dee" (Jessica Walter) and "Leila" (Barbara Luna). Anyway, rather than divulge what happens next I will just say that this was very suspenseful for a made-for-television movie. Naturally, there is no nudity or graphic language due to the restrictive format. However, the acting and the storyline were both top-notch and everything seems to flow together quite well. Definitely worth a watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alysodemenes gynaikes See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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