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I Was Framed (1942)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  4 April 1942 (USA)
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A newspaperman out to get the goods on a crooked politician winds up in jail, framed for a killing he didn't commit. He and another prisoner attempt an escape, but although the newspaperman... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Tod Andrews ...
Ken Marshall (Scott) (as Michael Ames)
Julie Bishop ...
Ruth Marshall (Scott)
Bob Leeds
Patti Hale ...
Penny Marshall (Scott) (as Patty Hale)
John Harmon ...
Clubby Blake
Dr. Phillip Black
Roland Drew ...
Dist. Atty. Gordon Locke
Oscar O'Shea ...
Cal Beamish
Wade Boteler ...
Ben Belden
Howard C. Hickman ...
Stuart Gaines (as Howard Hickman)
Norman Willis ...
Paul Brenner
Hobart Bosworth ...
D.L. Wallace
Guy Usher ...
Springfield Police Chief Taylor
Sam McDaniel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Chandlee ...
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A newspaperman out to get the goods on a crooked politician winds up in jail, framed for a killing he didn't commit. He and another prisoner attempt an escape, but although the newspaperman gets away, his colleague is caught and returned to jail. Years later, the convict gets out of prison and winds up in the same town where his former cell-mate is now a respected citizen, and attempts to blackmail him. Written by

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(at around 1 min) Two police officers spot the stolen car. When they turn around, the interior of the police car is reversed. Their badges switch to the right side, and the steering wheel and driver are now on the right - in other words the film is reversed. In the other views of the police car's interior the view is correct, with the steering wheel and badges on the left. See more »


Remake of Dust Be My Destiny (1939) See more »


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A really good idea...ineffectively executed.
11 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

According to IMDb, "I Was Framed" is a remake of the 1939 John Garfield films "Dust Be My Destiny". However, if you read the summary of the Garfield film, it pretty has nothing to do with "I Was Framed". I also saw the Garfield film and although a bit of the plot is the same, I cannot see that one is a remake of the other at all. However, for the life of me, I KNOW that "I Was Framed" is a remake (or some film is a remake of it), as I recognized so much of the film--especially the scene where the reporter is set up for a drunk driving arrest. I KNOW I've seen it...but what film?! If you know, let me know--I just know is it NOT "Dust Be My Destiny".

The film is about a reporter who doggedly pursues criminals who are high officials. However, these folks are very powerful and very dangerous and Ken (Tod Andrews) is bound to get the worst of it. Yet he continues his one-man crusade until eventually the mob IS able to get him out of the way by framing him for a crime and getting him sent to jail. He makes his escape midway through the movie--and at this point the film fizzles. Instead of quickly working to prove his innocence, most of the rest of the film is a dull account of he and his wife hiding from the law...only to find out in the end that the cops caught the real criminal behind the drunk driving setup some time ago--but they couldn't find Ken to tell him until then! Huh?!

The bottom line is that the film has some very good elements and is slick--since it's a B-movie from Warner Brothers. But it also is unsatisfying and the plot seems to meander--like it needs to be rewritten. Worth skipping but not terrible either.

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