John Smith, an orphan turned transient, was accused of the murder of a friend who was also a bum and sent to prison for life. He is set free when it is discovered that his arresting officer beat a confession out of him. Eventually the man John was with at the time of the crime is found and his name is finally cleared for good. Written by
20 December 1957 (USA)
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Did You Know?
John Smith was an alias of Wilhelm Meyer, the man responsible for sending Adolf Beck to prison, in a classic case of mistaken identity. See more
Although he is depicted as having been an orphaned American citizen, John Smith has a heavy Germanic accent. See more
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