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I Became a Criminal -- Quintessential post-war British Noir. Ex-RAF pilot Trevor Howard is double-crossed by his black -marketeer boss. Once he breaks out of Dartmoor Prison, he seeks revenge. No holds barred in terms of brutality.

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Writers:
Jackson Budd (novel)
Noel Langley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 March 1948 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sally Gray ... Sally

Trevor Howard ... 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
Ballard Berkeley ... Rockliffe
Derek Birch ... Police Constable Murray

Peter Bull ... Fidgity Phil
Gordon Court ... Sergeant
Lyn Evans ... Lorry Driver
Enid Cruickshank ... Club Hostess

Sebastian Cabot ... Club Proprietor
Ida Patlanski ... Soho Girl
Howard Douglas ... Chief Warder
Charles Doe ... Electrician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diana Graves ... May (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Eddie (uncredited)
Beatrice Varley ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Alberto Cavalcanti  (as Cavalcanti)
 
Writing credits
Jackson Budd (novel "A Convict Has Escaped")

Noel Langley (screenplay)

Produced by
Nat A. Bronstein .... producer (as N.A. Bronsten)
James A. Carter .... executive producer (as James Carter)
Noel Langley .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Marius-François Gaillard  (as Marius Francois Gaillard)
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Margery Saunders 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei  (as A. Mazzei)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Bear .... hair stylist
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist (as Natalie Taylor)
Ida Mills .... hair stylist (uncredited)
George Turner .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fraser Foulsham .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dicky Leeman .... assistant director
Guy Hamilton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Pat Kelly .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Dukelow .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Thomas Goswell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Burgess .... sound director
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Moray MacFarlane .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Slade .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Baker .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jock Easton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Day .... camera operator (as Bob Day)
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Lassally .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Mason .... lighting camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Cyril Stanborough .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Winbolt .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Sinclair .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy C. Binney .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne Barker .... cutter
Reginald Beck .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
Jean Dyball .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Kenneth Horne .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"They Made Me a Fugitive" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min | USA:78 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Feature-film debut of Michael Brennan.See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
It's More Influential Than You Think, 24 May 2004
Author: Fred (thurberdrawing@yahoo.com) from Long Island, USA

I borrowed the Kino Video release of this from my public library today. I'd never heard of it before and, having just watched it, I can say I'm really amazed this is not a famous movie in the United States. I'm not sure if it's very well-known in England or not. Like another landmark British movie, BLOW-UP, THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE is directed by a foreigner. There is more attention to sound and camera-work than I've noticed in most British movies from the end of the war until about 1956 or so. Warner Brothers gets a huge credit at the start, and I'm wondering if that studio merely distributed it in the United States or if British audiences also saw "Warner Brothers" in huge letters on the screen. It has a lot in common with the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movies of the forties, and the screenwriter, Noel Langley, had worked in Hollywood on several movies, notably THE WIZARD OF OZ. So, it's British, but it has American and continental style. I mention Bogart. I should also mention Richard Widmark. Clem and Narcy easily could have been played by those two actors with no change in approach. There's a rooftop scene later echoed in TO CATCH A THIEF and the words "It's Later Than You Think" keep appearing, and I've seen at least two later movies which make use of that. It's scarier than the American gangster movies of the late forties.

Also, the title begs comparison to the 1939 Warner Brothers picture THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL and an early-thirties one called I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG. A typical American gangster movie from the thirties had a World War One vet who sells bootleg liquor during the Great Depression and THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE makes the protagonist a World War Two vet dealing in rationed items such as cigarettes and liquor. There seems to have been a conscious effort, in the making of this movie, to capture the audience American gangster movies had had in Britain. Perhaps there was an effort to get an American audience, too. See it for good acting, wonderful production and, most importantly, unexpected realism. If it's clichéd, it's put together so well as to seem fresh almost sixty years after it was made. And seeing Peter Bull cheered me up.

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