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Young and Willing (1954)

The Weak and the Wicked (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 18 July 1954 (USA)
Frank "women in prison" story that sympathetically tracks several inmates through their imprisonment and subsequent return to society. Some are successfully rehabilitated; some are not.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson)

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Joan Henry (book), J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Johns ... Jean Raymond
Diana Dors ... Betty Brown
John Gregson ... Dr. Michael Hale
Olive Sloane ... Nellie Baden, inmate
Rachel Roberts ... Pat, pregnant inmate
Jane Hylton ... Babs Peters, inmate
Athene Seyler ... Millie Williams, inmate
Jean Taylor Smith Jean Taylor Smith ... Prison Governor (Grange)
Cecil Trouncer Cecil Trouncer ... Presiding Judge
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Pam Vickers
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Seymour
Sidney James ... Syd Baden
Eliot Makeham ... Grandad Baden
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Prison Governor (Blackdown)
Joyce Heron Joyce Heron ... Prison Matron Arnold
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Frank "women in prison" story that sympathetically tracks several inmates through their imprisonment and subsequent return to society. Some are successfully rehabilitated; some are not. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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The Producers of "Riot in Cell Block 11" Rip the Lid Off Women's Prisons! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young and Willing See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Prolific character actress Marianne Stone appears unbilled as a fellow prisoner who comforts Diana Dors' character. See more »

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Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

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Very British
8 September 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film concerns itself mainly with two women, "Jean Raymond" (Glynis Johns) and "Betty Brown" (Diana Dors) who are sent to prison on the same day. Jean is sentenced to one year in prison for fraud. Betty, on the other hand, is given two years in prison because she chose to take the rap for her conniving boyfriend. Naturally, there are other female convicts as well and we get to see some of their stories in a series of flashbacks. I found a couple of these stories were interesting but I will leave it to the viewer to decide for themselves which ones they may or may not find entertaining. One thing I will say, however, is that this film is very British. At least it seemed that way to me. Also, this movie is not the standard women-in-prison film one might expect to find these days. There is no sex, violence, foul language or nudity of any kind. But both Glynis Johns and Diana Dors performed in a decent manner. I also thought both ladies looked quite nice with Glynis Johns appearing the more elegant of the two. Anyway, although not necessarily a great movie it wasn't bad either and I rate it as about average all things considered.


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