Cag; Editor makes a stab at objective reporting of life in a women's prison. A grim, unrelieved study of cause and effect, it adds up to very drab entertainment, unleavened with any measure of escapism.
Cag; Editor makes a stab at objective reporting of life in a women’s prison. A grim, unrelieved study of cause and effect, it adds up to very drab entertainment, unleavened with any measure of escapism.Plot provides Eleanor Parker with what is known as a meaty femme role, completely deglamourized. There are other strong portrayals among the predominantly femme cast, and the most colorful is the sadistic prison matron socked over by Hope Emerson. Script is based on actual prison life incidents. Motivation on which it is hung is the downward path taken by a first offender after she rubs up against the assorted characters who people a prison. In that respect, story’s finish is realistic, stating clearly that Parker will soon be back with her old cellmates. 1950: Nominations: Best Actress (Eleanor Parker), Supp. Actress (Hope Emerson), Story & Screenplay
Warner. Director John Cromwell; Producer Jerry Wald; Screenplay Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld; Camera Carl Guthrie; Editor Owen Marks; Music Max Steiner;; Art Director Charles H. Clarke
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 96 MIN.
Eleanor Parker Agnes Moorehead Ellen Corby Hope Emerson Jan Sterling Jane Darwell