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Women's Prison

USA, English, 79 mins

  • Director: Lewis Seiler
  • Writer: Crane Wilbur; Jack DeWitt
  • Producer: Bryan Foy

CGiii Comment

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.


Cast & Characters

Ida Lupino as Amelia van Zandt;
Jan Sterling as Brenda Martin;
Cleo Moore as Mae;
Audrey Totter as Joan Burton;
Phyllis Thaxter as Helene Jensen;
Howard Duff as Dr. Crane;
Warren Stevens as Glen Burton;
Barry Kelley as Warden Brock;
Gertrude Michael as Chief Matron Sturgess;
Vivian Marshall as Dottie LaRose

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