City Without Men Film Details
Overview: A young woman’s husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates
Tagline: Women fighting for their men, and their right to love them!
Review: There’s a lot of great actresses in “City Without Men”, one of those “B” Columbia films about women in peril. But unfortunately, what they forgot about was getting a screenplay with a story, not touches of a plot here and there, surrounding the wife of a wrongly accused man who moves in with other prison wives to be near her husband. The men, of course, plot an escape, and there’s enough cat-fights, card cheating and tragedy to go around. Sara Allgood gets acting honors as the sort of den mother to the girls, whose own husband has a life sentence. That fabulous “wicked witch” (Margaret Hamilton) seems to have fun every time she throws out a wisecrack or kicks a cheating wife in the butt. Unfortunately, she (like the majority of the others) isn’t at all likable. Throw in Uncle Joe from “Petticoat Junction” (Edgar Buchannan) adding the same type of sympathy and wisdom he used in “Penny Senenade”. This seems to take the plots of “The Big House”, “The Women” and “Tender Comrade”, throw them all together, and try to come up with something of quality. Unfortunately, they miss by a long shot. In reference to the DVD, I agree with other reviewers that this is not a high-quality transfer and much of the dialogue is difficult to decipher. Please keep this in mind when watching the movie which is hard to resist with that cast. (I must confess, I’ve watched it three times, hoping to find something worthwhile.)
Country: United States
Duration: 75 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Also known as: Ciudad sin hombres,Prison Farm,City Without Men,Città senza uomini,Staden utan män,Sempre ao Lado Deles,Stad zonder mannen,Cité sans hommes,Cidade Sem Homens,Byen uden mænd