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Convicted (1950)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | August 1950 (USA)
A D.A. becomes the prison warden where he tries to help an inmate he prosecuted, because he believes his sentence was excessive.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Martin Flavin (play), William Bowers (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Joe Hufford
Broderick Crawford ... George Knowland
Millard Mitchell ... Malloby
Dorothy Malone ... Kay Knowland
Carl Benton Reid ... Captain Douglas
Frank Faylen ... Convict Ponti
Will Geer ... Convict Mapes
Martha Stewart ... Bertie Williams
Henry O'Neill ... Detective Dorn
Douglas Kennedy ... Det. Bailey
Roland Winters ... Vernon Bradley - Attorney
Ed Begley ... Mackay - Head of Parole Board
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilton Graff ... Dr. Agar (scenes deleted)
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Joe Hufford gets involved in a nightclub brawl, kills a man in self defense, and is sent to prison for manslaughter, to the dismay of district attorney George Knowland who realizes Joe had an incompetent lawyer who should have gotten him off by proving self-defense. Later, Knowland becomes warden of the prison Joe is in, and makes him a Trusty and his chauffeur. Joe and the warden's daughter, Kay, fall in love but Joe gets involved in a prison escape. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two powerful stars in a drama of a convict's love for a warden's daughter! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Way Out See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on the Broadway play "The Criminal Code" which opened at the National Theatre (Nederlander since 1980), 208 W. 41st St., on October 2, 1929 and ran for 173 performances until March 1930. See more »

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George Knowland: I've got to get to the bottom of this or they'll bust me wide open.
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Glenn Ford in better than average prison drama...
25 August 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The more I see of GLENN FORD, the more I appreciate the range of his underrated talent. CONVICTED is a low-budget crime melodrama from Columbia that co-stars BRODERICK CRAWFORD with DOROTHY MALONE and ED BEGLEY in supporting roles.

Ford is a victim of circumstance, landing in prison after slugging a man at a nightclub who insults the woman he's dancing with. The man dies and Ford is sent to prison for five years.

Crawford becomes the prison's new warden and soon discovers that things aren't being run the way he approves of. It's nice to see Crawford in a sympathetic role as the warden who takes an interest in Ford's prison record and attempts to help him. He asks daughter Dorothy Malone to treat him respectfully when he assigns him to be her chauffeur.

The dialog is terse and full of wisecracks and Henry Levin's direction is taut with suspense. There's the usual prison breaks, the prison snitch (FRANK FAYLEN), and suspense building with the usual twists and turns as a prison break is imminent and the snitch is about to get his comeuppance.

Summing up: Good dialog and tense situations make this a better than average prison drama. Broderick Crawford is especially strong as the good-hearted warden and Ford is more than competent as the wrongly accused inmate.


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