First screened in March 2003
Director: John Cromwell. Cast: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Hope Emerson, Jan Sterling, Lee Patrick, Jane Darwell, Ellen Corby, Betty Garde, Olive Deering, Sheila MacRae, Gertrude Michael, Marjorie Crossland, Marlo Dwyer, Sheila Stuart, Don Beddoe. Screenplay: Virginia Kellogg (based on the story "Women without Men" by Virginia Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld).

Twitter Capsule: Tough, humid, impressively tense women's-prison tale. Parker, a bit cheesy at first, undergoes an arresting transformation.

VOR:   Exciting merger of studio style and exploitation sensibilities. Daring vision of how criminals get created in jail, even aside from all-female angle. The archetypal lesbian warden!

Photo © 1950 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Eleanor Parker
Best Supporting Actress: Hope Emerson
Best Story and Screenplay: Virginia Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Other Awards:
Venice Film Festival: Best Actress: Eleanor Parker

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