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Prison Without Bars


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A Tragi-Comedy of Youth by Peggy Barwell.
Adapted from a play by Gina Kaul and Otto Edgar Eis, from an idea by Hilde Koveloff.
[Starring] Nova Pilbeam
"Prison Without Bars" was one of the most successful French films ever shown in this country. So successful indeed that an English version of it was made with the famous Corinne Luchaire in her original part. During the making of this film she appeared in 'Picture Page'.
Nova Pilbeam, who will take Corinne Luchaire's part, makes her first television appearance.
"Prison Without Bars" tells the story of a girls' reformatory and what happens when a new superintendent comes to change the harshness of the old regime. Jill Esmond is playing this part, and Sebastian Shaw that of the young doctor with whom Nova Pilbeam, as one of the reformatory's occupants, falls is love.

To be repeated on Tuesday, August 8
(to 22.25)


Writer: Peggy Barwell
Adapted from a play by: Gina Kaul
Adapted from a play by: Otto Edgar Eis
From an idea by: Hilde Koveloff
Production: Moultrie R. Kelsall
Suzanne: Nova Pilbeam
Carol Linden: Jill Esmond
Doctor John Marshall: Sebastian Shaw
Miss Appel: Margaret Yarde
Margaret: Margaret Dulac
Rita: Shelagh Furley
Miss Bertram: Eleanor Hallam
Ann: Ann Morrison
Miss Geston: Ethel Ramsay
'Duchess': Sylvia Saetre
Renee: Jean Shepeard
Lucy: Merle Tottenham
Mary: Selma Vaz Dias

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