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In "Convicted" she plays Clair Norville, an actress, who is taking a cruise. She is being harassed by another passenger, Tony Blair, (Richard Tucker), a producer of her last show. He has embezzled funds and is traveling with Constance (Dorothy Christy, the most natural actor in the movie) another actress, who wants her cut. Clair also renews her acquaintance with Bruce Allen (Jameson Thomas, who excelled at playing unexciting types) an amateur detective, who has a soft spot for her.
After a poker game Blair is found dead - a couple of the players had made threats after he accused them of cheating. Clair is seen leaving his room after returning an unwanted gift and Constance also pays him a visit. Then the wireless operator is killed, "pierced with a knife" - the same way that Blair was murdered. Allen then locks everyone in the stateroom saying "someone in this room is the murderer"!!! Alls well that ends well - it turns out that the ship's steward had seen Dayton's radio message about Blair stealing funds and decided to blackmail him - Dayton was killed because he threatened to talk.
Dorothy Christy was really wasted in this film - she had a couple of good scenes but then her character petered out.
This is a pretty terrible picture. It's obvious that it was made by a third-rate studio, as aside from having no recognizable actors in the film, many of them cannot remember their lines. And, what's worse, these scenes with flubs were not re-shot--an obvious sign of a 'Poverty Row' production. For example, one lady cannot remember the name of the guy who was her boss and who was sexually harassing her through much of the film! Uggh. And, to make matters worse, the film seems to have too many of the bad B-movie clichés to make it worth seeing. My favorite was the guy who knew who the murderer was--so the dummy approaches him and demands money to keep his mouth shut. And, in a typical bad movie pattern, only seconds later is he shot dead. Duh...trying to blackmail a murderer...now THAT'S an intelligently written scene!! As a result of all these factors, the film is a dull mess. Now I like B-movies, but this is one that even fans of Bs would find hard to enjoy!
Well, before it's over, there are two dead bodies, and the man put in charge of the case by the ship's captain is newspaper reporter Bruce Allan (Jameson Thomas). Soon he goes into full stereotypical detective mode questioning passengers and sleuthing around the ship. Yet when all is said and done, the resolution to the mystery is handled in ham handed fashion, and you didn't have to be a genius to figure it out yourself well before the final curtain. I was particularly amused when Allan whirled around with his pistol to implicate Weldon; he almost whip-lashed himself too.
Still, Bruce Allan is no Charlie Chan, and I couldn't help thinking that there would have been a more cerebral investigation of the murder mystery if the Oriental Detective was on board. So if you're interested in seeing how he would have come up with the killer, try the 1940 film "Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise" with Sidney Toler in the lead role. It's got double the murders and a very cool cast that includes Lionel Atwill, Leo G. Carroll and Charles Middleton.