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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 »

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Ernest Raymond (novel), J. Lee Thompson (screenplay) (as J. Lee-Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unschuldig verurteilt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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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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Do not forgive them that trespass
21 July 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Upper class Stephen Murray (Christy) dreams of one day becoming a great author. To this end, he throws himself out of his comfort zone in order to gain a few life experiences. He frequents working class pubs and hooks up with hooker Rosalyn Boulter (Frankie). When she turns up dead, he decides to keep quiet and see how things pan out despite knowing that the man accused, petty criminal Richard Todd (Herb) is innocent. Todd seeks out the truth.

This film starts out as Murray's story but after a while you realize that the focus is actually on Richard Todd's character. There are a few stupid accents thrown into the mix and a sometimes unintelligible James Hayter (Jocko) as a Scottish criminal, but the story carries you along and has you rooting for Todd even if his acting is sometimes a bit OTT. He looks like a young Marlon Brando in several scenes.

There are good scenes that keep you guessing as to how Todd will finally get the justice that he deserves, but it is a shame that he is given an annoying girlfriend in the guise of Patricia Plunkett (Rosie) - pity she wasn't murdered instead. It's another enjoyable UK film with interesting sets and a nice period feel to rank alongside 6 others that I have seen from the same year, 1949 - "Silent Dust" also starring Stephen Murray, "The Interrupted Journey" also starring Richard Todd, "Obsession", "The Queen Of Spades", "Man On The Run" and "Forbidden". There are a further 2 UK films from this year that I have lined up ready to watch - "The Spider and The Fly" and "The Third Man" - a good year for British film output. My wife also likes "The Rocking Horse Winner" from this year but I don't rate it as highly as the others mentioned.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. Well, sometimes....


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