The Company She Keeps

The Company She Keeps is a 1951 drama film starring Lizabeth Scott, Jane Greer and Dennis O'Keefe.

The Company She Keeps
Directed byJohn Cromwell
Produced byJohn Houseman
Written byKetti Frings
StarringLizabeth Scott
Jane Greer
Music byLeigh Harline
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1951 (1951-01-06) (US)[1]
CountryUnited States

The film was directed by John Cromwell, whose film the previous year, Caged, also concerned a woman sent to prison.

It marked Jeff Bridges' film debut.


Released from prison after serving two years on a check-forging charge, Mildred Lynch changes her name to Diane Stuart and moves to Los Angeles.

Parole officer Joan Willburn finds her a job at a hospital. Diane repays her by stealing Joan's boyfriend, Larry Collins, after he comes to the hospital to visit a patient.

Diane hides the relationship from Joan and hides her past from Larry. Once she finally finds out, Joan graciously accepts the new relationship but warns Diane that to get married, she must first seek approval from the parole board, which will be under a legal obligation to contact Larry.

Despite all the help Joan has been, Diane accuses her of trying to sabotage her romance and also her parole, after Diane is arrested for a drug theft at the hospital for which ex-convict Tilly Thompson is responsible. She runs away until Larry lets her know that, thanks to Joan, the charges have been dismissed.



The film recorded a loss of $315,000.[2]


  1. "The Company She Keeps: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  2. Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982 p256

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