The Weak and the Wicked
The Weak and the Wicked (called Young and Willing in the United States) is a 1954 British drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson based on the book by his wife, Joan Henry, starring Glynis Johns and Diana Dors.
|The Weak and the Wicked|
UK release poster
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Produced by||Victor Skutezky|
|Written by||Anne Burnaby|
|Based on||Who Lie in Gaol (novel)|
by Joan Henry
|Music by||Leighton Lucas|
|Edited by||Richard Best|
|Box office||£213,706 (UK)|
Based on a best-selling book and prison experiences of author Joan Henry, director J. Lee Thompson's prison saga explores the life of inmates behind bars where innocence is lost in the world of vice. Despite its pulpy pot-boiler title, the film settles for earnest social drama over melodrama.
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.
Female prisoners talk about the events that brought them there and each of their stories is detailed in a series of flashbacks; the upper-class Jean (Glynis Johns), the brash Betty (Diana Dors) and the pregnant Pat (Rachel Roberts). The film follows the inmates' progress behind bars; Jean's ordeal improves after some sympathetic bonding with her fellow inmates, followed by a move to an experimental open prison.
- Glynis Johns as Jean Raymond
- Diana Dors as Betty Brown
- John Gregson as Dr. Michael Hale
- Olive Sloane as Nellie Baden, inmate
- Rachel Roberts as Pat, pregnant inmate
- Jane Hylton as Babs Peters, inmate
- Athene Seyler as Millie Williams, inmate
- Jean Taylor Smith as Prison Governor (Grange)
- Cecil Trouncer as Presiding Judge
- Ursula Howells as Pam Vickers
- Edwin Styles as Seymour
- Sid James as Syd Baden
- Eliot Makeham as Grandad Baden
- Joan Haythorne as Prison Governor (Blackdown)
- Joyce Heron as Prison Matron Arnold
- Anthony Nicholls as Prison Chaplain
- Josephine Stuart as Andy, pregnant inmate
- Paul Carpenter as Joe, Bab's boyfriend
- Sybil Thorndike as Mabel Wicks, Millie's friend
- A. E. Matthews as Harry Wicks, Mabel's beau
- Barbara Couper as Prison Doctor
- Mary Merrall as Mrs. Skinner
- Marjorie Rhodes as Suzie, bigamist inmate
- Josephine Griffin as Miriam
- Simone Silva as Tina
- Thea Gregory as Nancy
- Tom Gill as Shop Assistant
- Herbert C. Walton as Blue Eyes, the gardener
- Irene Handl as Waitress
- Sandra Dorne as Stella
- Bessie Love as Prisoner
- Marjorie Stewart as Prisoner
- Hannah Watt as Prison Matron
- Margaret Diamond as Prison Matron
- Maureen Pryor as Prison Matron
- Ruth Dunning as Prison Matron
- Kathleen Michael as Prison Matron
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