Convicted (1950 film)

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Convicted
ConvictedPoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Henry Levin
Produced by Jerry Bresler
Screenplay by Seton I. Miller
Fred Niblo, Jr.
William Bowers
Based on the play The Criminal Code 
by Martin Flavin
Starring Glenn Ford
Broderick Crawford
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Edited by Al Clark
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 1950 (1950-08) (United States)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Convicted is a 1950 American crime film noir directed by Henry Levin starring Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford.[1] 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).

Plot[edit]

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.

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Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

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."[2]

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."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ * Convicted at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ Variety. Film review, August 1950. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, October 1, 2004. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.

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