Women of Twilight (1952)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The Women of Twilight in this controversial British production are the unwed mothers living in a group home. Helen Alistair (Freda Jackson), owner of the shelter, uses a veneer of kindness and generosity to mask her true character: Helen exploits the young women as cheap labor, then farms out their babies to the black-market adoption market. The story concentrates on one of the young unfortunates (Rene Ray), whose tragic plight finally arouses the suspicions of the authorities. Considered raw meat in 1953, Women of Twilight seems to pull most of its punches today. The film was based on a play by Anatole de Grunwald.

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shelter, exploitation, mother, unmarried, adoption, black-market, labor [work]