Turn the Key Softly

Synopsis: Three women are released from Holloway prison on the same morning into the bustle of post-war London with its trolleybuses and rationing. They meet for a meal in the West End in the evening after a day trying to pick up their lives, and with at least two of them needing to decide whether it is time to start afresh.
Genre: Crime, Drama
81 min

Follow me.



Discharge. Over there.


Yes, miss.


Yes, miss.



Three pawn tickets for 1.67...

I remember this from when I arrived here.

This is the way they took

all my own things away.

This is where we get them back again,

we hope.

You have plenty of time yet. You'll be

discharged at 8:
00, not one moment before.

Not one second after.

Yes, miss.

One dress, and under this...

I do wish you'd eaten something, Monica.

It's so cold. Not even a cup of tea?

I'd rather we get out and

have a real breakfast.

I feel like a dog, really I do.

You don't look too bad.

You're fond of dogs, dear.

It's me we're talking about, not dogs.

It's important how I look today.

I'm gonna get married.

Married, you?

Yes, me. Why not?

He wrote and said he'd wait if it

was six years instead of six months.

And he has.

Now you've got to check these lists.

You'll get back everything you had

when you came in.

You first, Quilliam.

One hat, one coat, one dress,

one under vest torn...

one pair of shoes, one pair of stockings...

Are you really getting married?


I hope you'll be very happy.

I'll tell you something else too.

He's meeting me outside.

I bet he's waiting for me outside right now.

You got a boy waiting for you?


Sign here, please.

And that must be the last time, Granny.

We like you here, but not

as a permanent boarder.

I'll try. I always do try.

Next, Jarvis.

One skirt, one blouse, one jacket,

one pair of shoes...

one pair of stockings, one handbag...

Here's your jewelry.

One watch, one initial broche "S"...

two bracelets, one necklace...

two rings.


If you do, if you don't,

if you will or if you won't...

Enough, Jarvis!

Your turn, Marsden.


I'll sign that receipt right away.

You'll check the list first.

It's laid down in the regulations.

I'm saying goodbye to regulations.

My, but it's nice to feel smart again.

It isn't until you see people

in their own clothes

you realize what you've been mixing with

in this place.

Can I help, Monica?

Just a moment.

We all came in here at different times,

why do we have to go out at the same time?

Because all your sentences

happen to end today.

I'd hardly have known you.

Nice bit of stuff. Are those real pearls?


A bit small, aren't they?

Well, you can't blow up

pearls up like balloons.

That's what I mean.

They must have cost a packet of money but

nobody would hardly know you was wearing any.

I'm sorry you don't approve.

Well, I've got a thing about jewelry.

Especially earrings.

What about our money from

the Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society?

One thing at a time.

Coming to you, Marsden.

No thanks.

Independent, eh?

Do you object?

Take anything that's going, that's my motto.

Brice, lead on.

Wait there.

The day's discharges.

I know, I know.

No need to be so regimental about it.

Have you got the list?

Three. Jarvis, Quilliam, Marsden.

I hand them over to you officially.

Anyone would think we

was registered letters.

I am looking forward to tonight,

aren't you, Stella?

What are you talking about?

Well, you know as well as I do.

Going to the Monte Christo.

Some people don't get asked.

Sorry, Stella. Would you like to come?

Oh, I don't know. I can't promise.

I've got to see what arrangements

my fianc has made.

Quiet, you women.

Easy, easy. They're only a bit excited.

After all, I'm the first man they've seen

since they went inside.

This way.

There you are, ladies. London.

The biggest city in the world,

and it's all yours.

There he is! There's Bob!

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