Convicted (1950 film)
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|Directed by||Henry Levin|
|Produced by||Jerry Bresler|
|Screenplay by||Seton I. Miller
Fred Niblo, Jr.
|Based on||the play The Criminal Code
by Martin Flavin
|Music by||George Duning|
|Edited by||Al Clark|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||91 minutes|
Convicted is a 1950 American crime film noir directed by Henry Levin starring Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford. It was the third Columbia Pictures film adaptation of the 1929 stage play The Criminal Code by Martin Flavin, following Howard Hawk's The Criminal Code (1931) and John Brahm's Penitentiary (1938).
The prison drama tells of Joe Hufford (Ford), a man convicted of manslaughter. George Knowland (Crawford) is the warden who understands Hufford and tries to help him adjust to prison life. Hufford witnesses the murder of an informer by another convict (Millard Mitchell), but he sticks to the prison's "silent code" and refuses to talk, even though it means he will be accused of the killing. He is wounded by a guard in a subsequent fight and eventually is locked in solitary confinement. In the end, the real murderer confesses and Hufford escapes the electric chair and into the arms of the warden's daughter (Dorothy Malone), with whom he has fallen in love.
- Glenn Ford as Joe Hufford
- Broderick Crawford as George Knowland
- Millard Mitchell as Malloby
- Dorothy Malone as Kay Knowland
- Carl Benton Reid as Captain Douglas
- Frank Faylen as Convict Ponti
- Will Geer as Convict Mapes
- Martha Stewart as Bertie Williams
- Henry O'Neill as Detective Dorn
- Roland Winters as Vernon Bradley, Attorney
- Ed Begley as Mackay, Head of Parole Board
- Whit Bissell as State Attorney (Mr. Owens)
- John Doucette as Convict Tex
The staff at Variety magazine wrote, "Convict isn't quite as grim a prison film as the title would indicate. It has several off-beat twists to its development, keeping it from being routine. While plotting is essentially a masculine soap opera, scripting [from a play by Martin Flavin] supplies plenty of polish and good dialog to see it through."
Critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, specifically for the way the ending was handled, writing, "Henry Levin confidently directs this dated routine miscarriage of justice crime drama...Feeling too much doom and gloom has been laid on the snake-bitten Joe, the film concludes in a happy ending-- something the audience was probably rooting for. But this happy ending seemed a stretch."
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