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'Good Time Girl'. British. 1948. Little Jean Kent in the lead; but she's rather stiff in her performance. Its really better said to be another great outing for the remarkably deft Herbert Lom who presides over so many taut post-war British flicks. Diana Dors present as well but its really Lom who is worth watching. Phenomenal.

Anyway all the usual tropes are here: the babes-behind-bars have a cellblock 'leader' who must be bested; (burly and hulking, loyal to Jean once Jean wins her over) and a stern, sadistic wardess who warns new-meat Jean to repent before its too late. Truer words were never more spoken!

Anyway photography was brooding, and the girl's plights justifiably woeful and dolorous. It wasn't a film where there was a 'nice world just outside the walls'. The gloom of the era and morals which produced it give it real weight.

Bottom line: I enjoyed seeing these streetwalking strumpets embroiled in tempestuous tawdry travails receive their consummate and consanguinary comeuppance! Let it be a lesson to us all!

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1 hour ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

'Good Time Girl'. British. 1948. Little Jean Kent in the lead; but she's rather stiff in her performance. Its really better said to be another great outing for the remarkably deft Herbert Lom who presides over so many taut post-war British flicks. Diana Dors present as well but its really Lom who is worth watching. Phenomenal.

I haven't seen this one...I've heard of it though. Thanks for mentioning it.

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I guess what we're really tawkin' about here ain't women behind bars but....Women Behind Noirs!  Noir is found everywhere and in everything... :rolleyes:

Help me Mr. Spade! I feel trapped...as if struggling in the center of a web ...in which sits a Napoleon of Crime...Help me Mister Holmes...

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