They Made Me a Fugitive

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They Made Me a Fugitive
American release poster
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
Produced by Nat Bronstein
Written by Noel Langley
Jackson Budd (novel)
Starring Trevor Howard
Sally Gray
Music by Marius-François Gaillard
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Marjorie Saunders
A. R. Shipman Productions/
Alliance Films
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • 24 June 1947 (1947-06-24) (UK)
  • 6 March 1948 (1948-03-06) (U.S.)
Running time
99 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

They Made Me a Fugitive (released in the US as I Became a Criminal) is a 1947 British film noir set in postwar England.[1][2]

Based on the Jackson Budd novel A Convict has Escaped, the black-and-white film was directed by Alberto Cavalcanti (credited as just Cavalcanti) with brooding and atmospheric cinematography by noted cameraman Otto Heller. The script was written by playwright Noel Langley, one of the screenwriters of The Wizard of Oz.


Trevor Howard plays Clem, an ex-RAF man who is drawn into the world of crime after the war. His psychopathic crime boss Narcy (short for Narcissus), betrays him when he refuses to deal in drugs, and he's framed for killing a police officer and imprisoned. The bitter Clem quickly escapes and sets off a country-wide man hunt as he seeks to avenge his being framed.

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  1. ^ Variety film review; July 2, 1947, page 13.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review (February 14, 1948), page 26

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