Prison Farm (1938)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Shirley Ross plays an innocent young girl convicted for complicity in a crime committed by her boy friend (Lloyd Nolan). The male crook is sentence to six months on a prison farm populated by both men and women (segregated, of course). Ross is also incarcerated, suffering the cruelties of the sadistic male and female guards (including J. Carroll Naish and future "Ma Kettle" Marjorie Main!) Since this film leaves no cliche unturned, an escape attempt is inevitable, but Ross is ultimately rescued from her plight for the obligatory happy ending. Nowhere near as exploitive as the later Linda Blair films of the same ilk, Prison Farm was considered reasonably realistic in 1938, earning back its modest cost and then some.



boyfriend, escape, penal-system, prison, women's-prison