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I Became a Criminal (1947)
"They Made Me a Fugitive" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  6 March 1948 (USA)
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In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Gray ...
...
Clem
Griffith Jones ...
Narcy
René Ray ...
Cora (as Rene Ray)
Mary Merrall ...
Aggie
Charles Farrell ...
Curley
Michael Brennan ...
Jim
Jack McNaughton ...
Soapy
Cyril Smith ...
Bert
John Penrose ...
Shawney
Eve Ashley ...
Ellen
Phyllis Robins ...
Olga
Bill O'Connor ...
Bill
Maurice Denham ...
Mr. Fenshaw
Vida Hope ...
Mrs. Fenshaw
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In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. Morgan is framed as the driver and sent to jail. Seeking revenge, he escapes and heads for London. Along the way he's helped by a woman (Mrs. Fenshaw), who wants him to murder her husband. In London, Morgan is sheltered by Sally, who falls in love with him. He confronts Narcy and the gang in an abandoned warehouse. Brazilian Director Cavalcanti's crime drama should not be confused with the totally unrelated "They Made Me a Criminal" (1939). Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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They Made Me A Fugitive- Taut Film Noir ***
7 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A year after his hit,"Brief Encounter," Trevor Howard turned to a British gangster film of the film noir genre.

Falling in with a band of crooks, Howard wants out when he sees what they're really up to. The leader of the gang, Griffith Jones, has him framed for running over a police officer and the Howard character is sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter.

The rest of the film deals with Howard breaking out of prison, after he is told that his girlfriend is now going with Griffith. Of course, Griffith's ex tells him all this.

Griffith Jones's death scene is quite similar to that of Stephen Boyd in "Ben-Hur." The only difference is that the ending is not exactly what you want.

Nevertheless, this is a taut thriller, one of the best of the film-noir genre.

Sally Gray is Griffith's ex who comes to love Howard.


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