John Smith, an orphan turned transient, was accused of the murder of a friend who was also a bum and sent to prison for life. He is set free when it is discovered that his arresting officer beat a confession out of him. Eventually the man John was with at the time of the crime is found and his name is finally cleared for good.
20 December 1957 (USA)
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Did You Know?
John Smith was an alias of Wilhelm Meyer, the man responsible for sending Adolf Beck to prison, in a classic case of mistaken identity. See more
Although he is depicted as having been an orphaned American citizen, John Smith has a heavy Germanic accent. See more
Will you talk to him, Sam?
Warden, what could I say to him now?
His only chance lies in a reinvestigation of the facts of his case. Your group is set up to do the job. I wish you'd try.
Do you have any real indication that he might be innocent?
Nooo, but would a man spend twenty-two years saving pennies for his transcript if he were guilty?