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The Company She Keeps

1951 1h 22m Drama List
Reviews 36% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
After serving a harsh sentence in a women's prison, Diane Stuart (Jane Greer) steps off a train at Union Station in Los Angeles -- and into life on the outside. She is greeted by her parole officer, Joan Wilburn (Lizabeth Scott), a strict but compassionate woman with high expectations for her mentee. Stuart struggles to adjust to her new life and nurture her own self-discipline in spite of continued poverty and the bad example set by her friend and fellow parolee, Tilly Thompson (Fay Baker). Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Stiff melodrama. Rated: C Jun 27, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Jane Greer is a released from prison and falls in love with Dennis O'Keefe, the husband of her parole officer, Lizabeth Scott. It's a rather turgid melodrama that's only salvaged by the able cast. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A slightly off-beat and low-key drama but it's a solid enough story of how the (penal) system can impact on a person back in society. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member still but watchable melodrama Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (1950) The Company She Keeps DRAMA A particular situation one might be able to see on a long running soap opera, except it's centered on one particular person with two other characters involved! Jane Greer stars as Diane, whose out on parole for alot of petty little crimes, and while out- she makes a play with her parole officer's boyfriend played by Dennis O' Keefe, resulting to complicated and perhaps bias situations! Anybody who want to know how 'parole' used to work- this film might be for you, but because the film was made in 1950-the times had changed, meaning that this film is slightly outdated and that parole has changed since then making this film irrevelent! Another interesting aspect to check this film out is to look for Oscar winner "Crazy Heart" star Jeff Bridges (uncredited) first on-screen appearence as the little toddler at the train station who would later star with Jane Greer again (the star of this film) in "Against All Odds" in 1984! 2 out of 4 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Jane Greer and Lizabeth Scott are great in this semi-exploitative post-WIP hybrid of social problem film and noir. Fallen women are depicted as being improperly infantilized societal outcasts engaged in petty theft and such, when they should be subjugated within marriage. So, we get the two competing for the obligatory affections of Dennis O'Keefe, and some highly patronizing scenes with her parole board. The lineup sequence is shot very well, and Greer excels at conveying the pathos of her character. Also of interest is the climactic scene in LA's Union Station with O'Keefe. This finds Greer "passing" as a mother to avoid capture, by coddling the infant of the busy mother beside them. Thus, her ability to nurture is the test she must pass to win the freedom to be subordinated by marriage instead of the penal system. Curiously, the infant in question is Jeff Bridges, with little Beau and their mom. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member amazing cast good story Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After serving a harsh sentence in a women's prison, Diane Stuart (Jane Greer) steps off a train at Union Station in Los Angeles -- and into life on the outside. She is greeted by her parole officer, Joan Wilburn (Lizabeth Scott), a strict but compassionate woman with high expectations for her mentee. Stuart struggles to adjust to her new life and nurture her own self-discipline in spite of continued poverty and the bad example set by her friend and fellow parolee, Tilly Thompson (Fay Baker).
Director
John Cromwell
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 22m