Women's Prison (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

Women's Prison (1955)





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With the exception of the vastly superior Caged, Columbia's Women's Prison was the quintessential "babes behind bars" drama of the 1950s. Ida Lupino (who else?) stars as Amelia VanZant, the sadistic supervisor of the titular prison. Unable to establish any sort of relationship with a man, Amelia takes it out on her long-suffering inmates. When prison psychiatrist Clark (Howard Duff) tries to improve conditions for the women, he too is targetted for destruction by the vituperous Ms. VanZant. The cast includes such perennial "hard-boiled dames" as Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, Phyllis Thaxter, Gertrude Michael and Mae Clarke. Not taken very seriously in the first place, Women's Prison was elevated to the level of "high camp" by youthful film buffs of the 1960s and 1970s.


Ida Lupino
as Amelia Van Zant
Howard Duff
as Dr. Clark
Jan Sterling
as Brenda Martin
Audrey Totter
as Joan Burton
Phyllis Thaxter
as Helene Jensen
Warren Stevens
as Glen Burton
Barry Kelley
as Warden Brock
Mae Clarke
as Saunders
Ross Elliott
as Don Jensen
Don C. Harvey
as Capt. Tierney
Juanita Moore
as `Polyclinic' Jones
Mary Newton
as Enright
Diane DeLaire
as Head Nurse
Frances Morris
as Miss Whittier
Lorna Thayer
as Woman Deputy
Ruth Vann
as Girl Patient
Mary Lou Devore
as Girl Patient
Eddie Foy III
as Warden's Secretary
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Audience Reviews for Women's Prison

A very watchable flick out of a Bad Girls of Noir set, this one caught my eye because of Ida Lupino, but the entire cast is worth a look, the ensemble storytelling gives you several interesting threads all tied together within the bleak setting of a women's ward. Worth a look.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Lurid over the top B-movie with a cast any noir watcher will love.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

this was pretty entertaining. ida lupino is a raving bitch as the boss of a women's prison. the 'psychology' is kinda wack tho

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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