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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 ...
Office boy


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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4 April 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In one brief scene inside a police car, the picture is backward, with the steering wheel on the right side of the car (i.e. the left side of the picture). See more »


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Modified version sung by Sam McDaniel
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okay war-time shortie
23 March 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Regis Toomey as "Bob", the newspaper editor, is the biggest name in this 1942 shortie. One of his reporters, Ken Marshall (Michael Ames aka Tod Andrews) gets a good photo of some shenanigans taking place, but the local mobsters catch him, destroy the photo, and try to destroy him and his career. The script and the acting are pretty cardboard and ordinary. The local cops are all on the take, so our hero can't get any help from them. It looks like Andrews did mostly television appearances. The wife, played by Julie Bishop, worked with all the biggies in numerous war-time films and westerns. Aldrich Bowker is the kindly old doctor who helps them out. Keep an eye out for Sam McDaniel as Doc Brown's servant. They gave him some of the best lines. The film devotes a whole lot of time to the couple's little daughter "Penny" (Patti Hale), and even has her sing a song. Turner Classics showed this at 3 am, which probably explains why, as of March 2009, there are only 25 votes. It's an okay story, written by Jerome Odlum, but the ending is a little too abrupt, almost as if the original ending were skipped for budget reasons. The U.S. HAD just entered the war...

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