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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.


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 Alice Backes ... Mrs. Foster
Barbara Baldavin Barbara Baldavin ... Ginger


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









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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1.33 : 1
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TV-movie debut of Ida Lupino. See more »

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Hell without men !!
2 August 2009 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I would say it's a mix up between WOMEN'S PRISON and BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. Not less. Take the topic: A female probation officer decides to watch prison system first hand. So, she arranges fake identity with the help of a girl friend of hers - the ONLY person who is aware of that situation. The probation officer actually wants to denounce the "inside" system: brutality, violence, sadistic behaviors, and not only from the inmates...

And, of course, as in WOMEN's PRISON, 18 years earlier, we can find Ida Lupino again, in a sadistic warden character. What a delight !!!

I will not insist on the first rate strength of this movie about inside daily life. As many films of this kind, it's very realistic, fierce but poignant too. Characters are outstanding. I am also pleased to find Jessica Walter, I knew through PLAY MISTY FOR ME. Remember, the waco girl who was in love with Clint Eastwood...

And the link between the feature and Fritz Lang's masterpiece: BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT is the fact that a person - Dana Andrews for instance in Lang's film - wants to denounce something - death penalty for BEYOND... - and the the only person who can testify of his try dies.


For God's sake, don't miss this terrific TV movie. You won't regret it.

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