Women Without Men (1956 film)

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Women Without Men
"Women Without Men" (1956 film).jpg
U.S. poster
Directed byElmo Williams
Produced byAnthony Hinds
Screenplay byVal Guest
Richard Landau
Based ona story by Richard Landau
StarringBeverly Michaels
Joan Rice
Music byLeonard Salzedo
John Hollingsworth
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJames Needs
Distributed byExclusive Films (U.K.)
Associated Film Releasing Corporation (U.S.)
Release date
  • April 2, 1956 (1956-04-02)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Women Without Men is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by Elmo Williams and Herbert Glazer and starring Beverly Michaels, Joan Rice and Hermione Baddeley.[1] The screenplay concerns three woman who break out of prison together, for varying personal reasons.

For U.S. release the film was retitled Blonde Bait and reedited with new scenes (with additional American actors - e.g. Jim Davis replacing Paul Carpenter as Nick) and notable differences between the plots.[2] Other new actors were Richard Travis, and Paul Cavanagh.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

Sky Movies wrote, "Hammer Films, just before their success in the horror field, jumped on the band-wagon for women's prison films that had been rolling in Britain and America since the success of Caged in 1950. Beverly Michaels (sent to prison on the slimmest of pretexts), Joan Rice, April Olrich and Hermione Baddely are among those looking grim, while Thora Hird makes the most of one of her best film roles as the indomitable Granny."[4] The Radio Times noted a "Second-feature British prison drama of no particular distinction, but deploying some humour and employing some interesting names - Thora Hird, Avril Angers - which up the entertainment quotient...it's good for an idle rainy afternoon or 2am insomnia."[5]


  1. ^ "Women without Men (1956)".
  2. ^ "Blonde Bait (1956) - Notes - TCM.com".
  3. ^ "Blonde Bait (1956) - Elmo Williams - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  4. ^ "Women without Men".
  5. ^ "Women without Men - Film from RadioTimes".

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