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House of Women (1962)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 September 1962 (Mexico)
Drama about a young woman, Erica, who is wrongly implicated in a crime and sent to prison for five years, where she faces deplorable conditions. With the aid of the warden, she sets out to prove her innocence.


Walter Doniger, Crane Wilbur (uncredited)


Crane Wilbur




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Knight ... Erica Hayden
Andrew Duggan ... Warden Frank Cole
Constance Ford ... Sophie Brice
Barbara Nichols ... Candy Kane
Margaret Hayes ... Zoe Stoughton
Jeanne Cooper ... Helen Jennings
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Edith Hunter
Patricia Huston ... Doris Jones
Jason Evers ... Dr. F.M. Conrad
Jennifer Howard ... Addie Gates
Caroline Richter Caroline Richter ... Clemens
Gayla Graves ... Jackie Lynch
Colette Jackson Colette Jackson ... Aggie
Jacqueline Scott ... Mrs. Stevens
Paul Lambert ... Richard Dunn


Sentenced to 5 years in prison, Erica Hayden is most worried about her unborn child's future. At this prison, they allow the women to keep their children until age 3 but at that point they must be given to a friend or relative outside the prison or surrendered to State authorities who will arrange an adoption. She tries desperately to find someone and the prison doctor even tries to help her out. One person who isn't keen on the arrangement is the new prison warden, Frank Cole, who thinks prison is no place for young children. Her only hope is that she will get parole after three years but when it's refused and her child is taken away without even giving her the chance to say goodbye, the women stage a riot. Written by garykmcd

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Produced by Bryan Foy, of the original Seven Little Foys, two of his sisters, Mary Foy and Madeline Foy also appear in the film in uncredited roles as inmates. See more »


Although a running subplot involves two inmates arguing over the heartthrob merits of Troy Donahue (then a Warners contract player), during an outdoor scene in the prison yard Donahue's name has clearly been dubbed over the women saying a different name, suggesting the exterior was shot first and the decision to use Donahue's name a later idea integrated during interior shooting. See more »


Warden Frank Cole: Your record says you used to be a stripteaser.
Candy Kane: Oh, that sounds so inelegant. When I was a stripteaser they used to call it bein' a extra-dysiast.
Warden Frank Cole: You mean an "ecdysiast".
Candy Kane: Well, I never did know how to pronounce it. But they say I sure did know how to do it.
Warden Frank Cole: I'm sure you did.
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Referenced in Sweet Trash (1970) See more »

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Somewhat Enjoyable
14 November 2012 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

Shirley Knight plays a wrongfully convicted woman named "Erica Hayden" who is 5 months pregnant when she is sent to prison. Not long after she is sent there a new warden, "Frank Cole" (Andrew Duggan) arrives as well. Because his wife had run off with a paroled convict prior to his new assignment, he harbors a great deal of animosity toward all convicts. This leads him to make several bad decisions which lowers the morale of the inmates. Erica has her child but she is taken away right before her 3-year birthday party. Because of the tactless way it was handled the female inmates stage a riot. Attracted by her good looks, the warden requests Erica to be his housemaid. Willing to do anything for a parole which will reunite her with her child, she takes this opportunity for all it is worth. At any rate, rather than give away the entire plot I will just say that there are several unexpected events that occur afterward. Although I was a little bit disappointed with the quality of the action, overall I thought that the acting was pretty decent. Shirley Knight, Andrew Duggan and Jeanne Cooper (as a prison matron named "Helen Jennings") all performed quite well. And while this film may seem tame by today's standards, it's still somewhat enjoyable and worth a look.

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Release Date:

6 September 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Mob See more »

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Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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