Women’s Prison

Women's Prison

Movie: Women’s Prison
Director: Lewis Seiler
Produced by: Bryan Foy Productions, Columbia Pictures
Released By:
MPAA Rating:

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 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 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.

The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns
by Joseph Serf
La Prisonnière La Prisonnière
by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Prison Song Prison Song
by Darnell Martin
The Prisoner: Free for All The Prisoner: Free for All
by Patrick McGoohan
Prisoners Prisoners
by Denis Villeneuve
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison
by Crane Wilbur
The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben
by Don Chaffey
La Prisonnière La Prisonnière
by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Prison Stories: Women on the Inside
by Donna Deitch / Joan Micklin Silver / Penelope Spheeris
The Prisoner of Shark Island The Prisoner of Shark Island
by John Ford

Leave a Comment