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I Was Framed (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 4 April 1942 (USA)
A newspaperman out to get the goods on a crooked politician winds up in jail, framed for a killing he didn't commit. He and another prisoner attempt an escape, but although the newspaperman... See full summary »

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Ken Marshall (Scott) (as Michael Ames)
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Ruth Marshall (Scott)
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Bob Leeds
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Penny Marshall (Scott) (as Patty Hale)
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Clubby Blake
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Dr. Phillip Black
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Dist. Atty. Gordon Locke
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Cal Beamish
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Ben Belden
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Stuart Gaines (as Howard Hickman)
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Paul Brenner
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Kit Carson
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A newspaperman out to get the goods on a crooked politician winds up in jail, framed for a killing he didn't commit. He and another prisoner attempt an escape, but although the newspaperman gets away, his colleague is caught and returned to jail. Years later, the convict gets out of prison and winds up in the same town where his former cell-mate is now a respected citizen, and attempts to blackmail him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Friday 7 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Indianapolis Wednesday 31 October 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), and in Honolulu Saturday 20 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »

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Toward the end when Ken's former cell-mate is at the house blackmailing Ruth, Ken pulls up and parks out front. In the subsequent scene when the police arrive, Ken's car is no longer parked in front of the house. See more »

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Remake of Dust Be My Destiny (1939) See more »

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Too Bland
17 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

A crusading reporter is framed, sent to jail, but escapes to make a prosperous life in a new town, only to be blackmailed by an old cellmate he's double-crossed.

Despite the promising plot elements, the crime movie lacks needed grit, surprising for a Warner Bros. production. As a crusading reporter, Ames (aka Andrews) is much too bland to spark proceedings. Things pick up in final scenes, but by then it's too late. There's good support from McDaniel (Kit) and Harmon (Blake), but I'm with those who find blonde tot Hale on the annoying side. She's over-doing the aren't-I-cute bit. And catch that climax; it's like they had 30-seconds to tie up every loose end. I expect the production was rushed to accommodate burgeoning wartime audiences eager for escape. Now, I don't know about Dust Be My Destiny (1939), but the plot has a distinct resemblance to 1941's Strange Alibi, except the fall guy here is a reporter instead of a cop. A re-make wouldn't be surprising considering a speed-up on the programmer assembly line. Anyway, this 50-some minutes is easily passed up, especially if you've already seen the superior Strange Alibi.


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