6.8/10
183
3 user 2 critic

My Six Convicts (1952)

A psychologist pioneers a research study at a prison. He seeks the help of six savvy inmates including a safe-cracker, a mobster, a pair of armed robber and psychopath. Could he trust them? What's in it for them?

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Michael Blankfort (screenplay), Donald Powell Wilson (book)
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Dragonwyck (1946)
Drama | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price
Wild Calendar (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An L.A. department store ambitious young model gets her wish of marrying a millionaire but she eventually discovers that rich life isn't always a happy one.

Director: Max Ophüls
Stars: James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan
The Mob (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready
The Bigamist (1953)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man secretly married to two women feels the pressure of his deceit.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a major murder case, jurors are threatened and attacked. One of them disappears, and the detective Joe Keats looking for the guilty.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Jim Bannon, Janis Carter, George Macready
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan
The Raid (1954)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Van Heflin As Maj. Neal Benton

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone
Romance | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Millard Mitchell ... James T. Connie
Gilbert Roland ... Punch Pinero
John Beal ... Dr. Wilson aka Doc
Marshall Thompson ... Blivens Scott
Alf Kjellin ... Clem Randall
Harry Morgan ... Dawson
Jay Adler ... Steve Kopac
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Gordon
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Warden George Potter
Carleton Young ... Capt. Haggarty
John Marley ... Knotty Johnson
Russ Conway ... Dr. Hughes
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Brint - Dentist
Charles Bronson ... Jocko (as Charles Buchinsky)
Edit

Storyline

A psychologist pioneers a research study at a prison. He seeks the help of six savvy inmates including a safe-cracker, a mobster, a pair of armed robber and psychopath. Could he trust them? What's in it for them?

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

prison | escape | based on novel | See All (3) »

Taglines:

The Warm Side of the Guys Inside the Cold Stone Walls! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My 6 Convicts See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Val Lewton was involved with pre-production when he suddenly passed away. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Wilson aka Doc: I also remember how grateful I was that at least some of my men had learned to be loyal. Not to a gang or to power but to a job; in a small way to society and this gave me hope for their future.
See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia The Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unusual funny and human comedy-drama
5 March 2008 | by Crispin-3See all my reviews

A sleeper that evidently few have seen recently, this unpretentious comedy-drama can take an honorable mention in the long list of prison films. An early Stanley Kramer production, it received critical acclaim but was not a box-office success. Nevertheless, it has good character acting, some very amusing scenes, and enough dramatic tension to hold the attention and set off the comic moments.

Don't be put off by the overly earnest opening, as the new, wet-behind-the-ears psychiatrist arrives at the prison hoping to reform the penitentiary system single-handed. Although Kramer reportedly had prison reform in mind in making the film, this movie is not about psychological theories, which are lightly passed over with buzz-word gobbledygook. It's not even about the good doctor himself or his research so much as it's about the six cons of the title, as they become human beings to us.

Speaking of buzz-words, the genial Connie's psycho-babble malapropisms are among the best of the running gags. The many funny scenes stand out against the grim realism of the penitentiary, shot on location at San Quentin. The comedy also contrasts sharply with the dramatic dilemma the "doc" must face between gaining (and keeping) the confidence of his six cons and learning too much to be healthy in the deadly reality of prison life. But overall this is a human comedy more than an edge-of-your seat drama.

There are excellent photographic moments using long wide-angle shots to dramatize the starkness of the prison environment, which contrast well with the friendly intimacy gradually established in the psychiatrist's office. And the movie gets an extra star for the fine score by Dimitri Tiomkin, famous for many much better-known movies from "It's a Wonderful Life" to "The Guns of Navarone".

It's well worth watching for this to come around on television, as you are unlikely to find it at your corner video store -- not available on DVD or VHS at the time of writing.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed