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Women Without Men (1956)

Comedy and drama as three women, including one with her baby, escape from prison.

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Richard H. Landau (original story) (as Richard Landau)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly Michaels ... Angie Booth
Joan Rice ... Cleo Thompson
Thora Hird ... Granny Rafferty
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Bessie
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Nick Randall (UK version)
Hermione Baddeley ... Grace
Bill Shine ... Reveller
Gordon Jackson ... Percy
Valerie White Valerie White ... Prison Governor
Eugene Deckers ... Pierre
April Olrich April Olrich ... Marguerite
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Julian Lord
Betty Cooper Betty Cooper ... Evans
Sheila Burrell ... Babs
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Bargee
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Seeking the whereabouts of international gangster Nick Randall, the U.S. State Department seeks the help of Scotland Yard. Nick's girl, Angela, is currently in a British prison, but has refused to give Nick away. So the authorities contact Gran' Ramsey, a stoolie currently at the same prison as Angela, to have her arrange an escape for Angela, so the police can follow her to Nick. Gran' stages a getaway, the two women taking with them a third, Marguerite, whose prison-born baby is about to be turned over to the welfare department. It is up to Gran' to keep the police informed of Angela's whereabouts without being detected by the escapees, while waiting for Angela to contact Nick... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Dangerous decoy in a game of murder!

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Crime | Drama

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Quotes

Granny Rafferty: Say a prayer 'cos I haven't driven for 20 years. OK Lindbergh, swing your propellers!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Holly and the Ivy
(uncredited)
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, originally arranged by H. Walford Davies
Arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Enjoyable British answer to 'Caged'
5 September 2008 | by jimsimpsonSee all my reviews

I've just managed to acquire a copy of the UK version of this film which I caught on television some years ago. I was very impressed with leading lady Beverly Michaels (not the cheap blonde one might have expected from her Hugo Haas exploitation movies) but a tall classy lady with a cultured voice who even gets to sing a number at the Prison concert! Thora Hird is a standout as 'Gran' an old lag who helps Beverly escape and Joan Rice is amusing as a bigamist juggling her two husbands at visiting time. Good support also from April Olrich as a prisoner with a baby and the striking Sheila Burrell as an inmate who goes 'stir crazy'.

The almost military routine of 50's prison life is well caught and it's a rare but effective directorial credit for former Oscar winning editor Elmo Williams. The American version Blonde Bait was completely re-edited with a new plot and added footage featuring Paul Cavanaugh, Jim Davis and Richard Travis. In this version Thora Hird's character is a stool pigeon who deliberately lets Michaels escape so she can lead police to her gangster boyfriend!


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Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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