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For Them That Trespass (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 6 July 1950 (USA)
"Cristy" Drew, an aspiring young writer, trying to broaden his experience, gets involved with "Frankie" Ketchen and her two suitors, Herb Logan and Jim Heal. One night, Jim finds "Frankie" ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Murray ...
Christopher Drew
Rosalyn Boulter ...
Frankie Ketchen
Michael Laurence ...
Jim Heal
Mary Merrall ...
Mrs. Drew
Vida Hope ...
Olive Mockson
Frederick Leister ...
The Vicar
Len, Herbie's bar pal
John Salew ...
Prosecutor Ainsley
Robert Harris ...
Defense Counsel Sir Huntley
Joan Dowling ...
Gracie, Rosie's friend
Dave, Rosie's friend
Inn Proprietress
Helen Cherry ...
Mary Drew


"Cristy" Drew, an aspiring young writer, trying to broaden his experience, gets involved with "Frankie" Ketchen and her two suitors, Herb Logan and Jim Heal. One night, Jim finds "Frankie" has been with "Cristy" and kills her. Herb is accused of the murder and sentenced to prison. When he gets out, he blames "Christy," but finally proves Jim to be the real killer, based on a clue provided to him by "Christy," now a famous writer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

6 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unschuldig verurteilt  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Todd receives an "and introducing" credit. See more »


Court Official: Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! My Lords, the King's Justices do strictly charge and abound all persons to keep silence whilst sentence of death is passing on the prisoner at the bar, upon pain of imprisonment. God save the King!
Judge: Herbert Edward Logan, a jury of your countrymen have found you guilty of murder. The sentence of the Court is that you be taken from this place to a lawful prison and thence to a place of execution and that you be there hanged by the neck until you be dead. And that your body be ...
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post war film noir UK deserving minor classic status
11 February 2016 | by (europe) – See all my reviews

The Brazilian born director Cavalcanti started his film career with mostly documentary film before the World War11 .He worked mainly in France and the UK, and had a part also as a sound engineer, in one of the most famous British documentary film ever "Night Mail" (1936). After the war, Cavalcanti was active as a director first in the UK until the beginning of the fifties and then mainly active in France. During his stay in the UK he directed some famous films like two segments in "Dead of the Night"(1945) and "Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" (1947). "For them that trespass" (1949) is an interesting crime drama in Edwardian times . The photography in black white is excellent and gives the feeling almost of an expressionist film in the mould of the early German cinema. The later famous director J Lee-Thompson was involved as a script writer. The scenes involving the railway workers and their work is sometime reminiscent of Renoir's "La Bete Humaine" (1938). The story is about an ambitious young writer from the wealthy suburbs wanting to experience the true raw life in the lower depths on the "wrong side " of the road. However, the film quickly transform itself into a crime drama with revenge. Richard Todd is the petty thief wrongly accused of murder and becomes actually the main role in the film. Todd has perhaps some forced Scottish accent but many of the scenes from the lower depths has a genuine feeling. As usual for British film from this time period, the minor characters are excellent. Frederick Leister plays the Vicar, which has only a few minutes role but during that time he encapsulates completely the role of a laid back, eccentric clergy man full with understatements. Another extra ordinary minor role is the Mad Artist played by George Hayes. It is difficult to play insane roles convincingly and they are often prone to exaggeration. However, Hayes has found the right balance and his facial expression and eyes are very compatible to a delusionary mind. It is strange that this film is not more well known. It is very entertaining and interesting to watch to the finish. This together with a beautiful photography, fine acting and an interesting plot, makes this, in my mind, a minor British classic film after the war. "For them that trespass" (1949) is deserved to compete for our interest with much more common film titles during this period.

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