For Them That Trespass

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For Them That Trespass
"For Them That Trespass" (1949).jpg
UK theatrical poster
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
Produced by Victor Skutezky
Written by J. Lee Thompson
novel by Ernest Raymond
Starring Stephen Murray
Patricia Plunkett
and introducing
Richard Todd
Music by Philip Green
Cinematography Derick Williams
Edited by Margery Saunders
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
21 April 1949 (London UK)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £124,978 (UK)[1]

For Them That Trespass is a 1949 British crime film directed by Alberto Cavalcanti and starring Richard Todd, Patricia Plunkett and Stephen Murray.[2] It is an adaptation of the 1944 novel of the same name by Ernest Raymond [3]


Promising writer Christopher Drew conceals his relationship with a murdered woman in order to protect his career, even though this results in an innocent man going to prison for the killing.

The upper-class Drew decides he needs some first-hand experience to invigorate his work, so he explores the seedier areas of town in search of inspiration. Much to his dismay, he witnesses a murder but refuses to help an innocent man, Herbert Logan, arrested for the crime, because his presence in such a neighbourhood would cause a scandal. Logan is freed after serving 15 years in jail and he hears his "crime" detailed on a radio drama written by Drew, which enables him to gather enough evidence to finally clear his name.[4]


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times called it "a drab and dreary little film."[5] On the other hand, Sky Movies called it a "gripping movie drama which has a lot of high feeling and style...Still impressive, though more than 40 years after."[6]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p489
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | FOR THEM THAT TRESPASS (1949)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ "For Them That Trespass: Ernest Raymond: Books". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  4. ^ "For Them That Trespass Review". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  5. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1950-09-27). "Movie Review – For Them That Trespass – THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; British Import, 'For Them That Trespass,' With Richard Todd, at the Little CineMet". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  6. ^ "For Them That Trespass – Sky Movies HD". 2003-04-01. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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