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Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson View All


John Cromwell (Director), Virginia Kellogg (Screenplay), Virginia Kellogg (Story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (Story) View All

Release: May 19th, 1950
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
A single mistake puts a 19-year old girl behind bars, where she experiences the terrors and torments of women in prison.
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The film could have went with the tired cliche of an innocent girl locked away for a crime she didn't commit...But the film intelligently decides not to say she's innocent, instead if focuses on how the prison system hardens a first time offender.
She initially finds sympathy from the prison warden Ruth Benton (Agnes Moorhead), but makes an instant enemy out of Evelyn Harper (Hope Emerson), the vicious and menacing prison matron who really runs the place, thanks to arrangements she's made with inmates and protection she receives from big shot....