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  • Actor-Shared Background: Penny Irving was a glamour model like her character Anne Marie.
  • Banned in China: The film is banned in Norway.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • France: Flagellations
    • Italy: And Traces of Violence on the Body
    • Sweden: The Penitentiary
  • Fake Brit: Sheila Keith was Scottish, putting on an English accent to play Walker.
  • Fake Nationality: Penny Irving is British playing the French Anne Marie.
  • Playing Against Type: Sheila Keith did a lot of comedies at the time, and Pete Walker decided to cast her against type as a sadistic prison warden.
    "I don't know if you've noticed but comedy actors make terrific villain."
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  • Production Posse: Sheila Keith (Walker) also starred in Pete Walker's films Frightmare and The Confessional.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • The truck driver who picks up Anne Marie unwittingly sends her back into the prison by mistaking it for a private clinic. If it were these days, he'd be able to use a GPS to find the nearest hospital or else call an ambulance on his cell phone.
    • Julia asks to use the kitchen phone and discovers Mark, thus setting up the climax. Again, with a cell phone...
  • Tuckerization:
    • Margaret Wakehurst was a real prison governess that existed in the 1800s and got fired for cruelty towards the inmates.
    • Margaret's Dragon is named Walker, after the director himself.
  • Typecasting:
    • Robert Hayman plays a similar Handsome Lech in Vampire Circus.
    • Dorothy Gordon, who plays Bates, was cast because she had played a similar character in Women of Twilight.
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  • Word of God: Pete Walker denies that Margaret Wakehurst and Justice Bailey are deliberate caricatures of Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford. He says that there was a little inspiration, but Mary Whitehouse was a kindly librarian sort as opposed to the ruthless zealot Margaret was.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Alfred Shaughnessy, of Upstairs Downstairs fame, wrote a treatment but he was too busy with commitments to the TV show to write the full screenplay.
    • The film was originally envisioned as a straight Girls Behind Bars flick, but Pete Walker read about a Victorian prison governess who was fired for excessive brutality and that helped form the story.
    • Peggy Cummins auditioned for the role of Margaret Wakehurst but was turned down for being too attractive.
    • Pete Walker's Frightmare was originally planned as a sequel to this, before evolving into an original story.

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