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Women Without Men (1956 film)

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Duration  
Running time  1h 11m
5.8/10 IMDb

Initial release  April 1956
Genres  Drama, Crime Fiction
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Directors  Elmo Williams, Herbert Glazer
Cast  Beverly Michaels (Angie Booth), Joan Rice (Cleo Thompson), Thora Hird (Granny Rafferty), Avril Angers (Bessie), Paul Carpenter (Nick Randall), Hermione Baddeley (Grace)
Similar movies  The Gambler and the Lady (1952), The House Across the Lake (1954), Five Days (1954), Third Party Risk (1954), The Last Page (1952)

Women Without Men is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by Elmo Williams and Herbert Glazer and starring Beverly Michaels, Joan Rice and Hermione Baddeley. Three woman break out of prison together, for varying personal reasons.

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For U.S. release the film was retitled Blonde Bait and reedited with new scenes (with additional American actors - e.g. Jim Davis replacing Paul Carpenter as Nick) and notable differences between the plots. Other new actors were Richard Travis, and Paul Cavanagh.

Cast

  • Beverly Michaels - Angie Booth
  • Joan Rice - Cleo
  • Thora Hird - Granny
  • Avril Angers - Bessie
  • Paul Carpenter - Nick
  • Hermione Baddeley - Grace
  • Bill Shine - Reveller
  • Gordon Jackson - Percy
  • Valerie White - Governor
  • Eugene Deckers - Pierre
  • April Olrich - Margueritte
  • Ralph Michael - Julian
  • Betty Cooper - Evans
  • Sheila Burrell - Babs
  • Michael Golde - Bargee
  • Critical reception

    Sky Movies wrote, "Hammer Films, just before their success in the horror field, jumped on the band-wagon for women's prison films that had been rolling in Britain and America since the success of Caged in 1950. Beverly Michaels (sent to prison on the slimmest of pretexts), Joan Rice, April Olrich and Hermione Baddely are among those looking grim, while Thora Hird makes the most of one of her best film roles as the indomitable Granny." and the Radio Times noted a "Second-feature British prison drama of no particular distinction, but deploying some humour and employing some interesting names - Thora Hird, Avril Angers - which up the entertainment quotient...it's good for an idle rainy afternoon or 2am insomnia."

    References

    Women Without Men (1956 film) Wikipedia
    Women Without Men (1956 film) IMDb Women Without Men (1956 film) themoviedb.org


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