Women's Prison Reviews
Worth a look.
Ida Lupino chews up the place, and the torment she doles out makes for some enjoyable melodrama. The cast of character actresses and film noir b-girls are terrific, especially Vivian Marshall as a vocal impersonator who can imitate Bette Davis... and the voice of the warden, coincidentally. Jan Sterling also semi-reprises her role in the similar film Caged, from five years previous.
The prison riot and Lupino's breakdown are handled well so as to imply much more threat than what they can realistically deliver. But the circling female cons with shanks, and screws firing in gas cannisters do provide a nice contrast to the more melodramatic elements. However, it is the humorous routine of the prisoners, and their satiric depiction of lower class idioms and criminal sob stories that I really enjoyed in this.