Acquitted (1929)

62 mins | Melodrama | 15 November 1929

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writer:

Keene Thompson

Producer:

Harry Cohn

Cinematographer:

Ted Tetzlaff

Editor:

Dave Berg

Production Designer:

Harrison Wiley

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

On 10 Oct 1929, FD reported that Charles Wilson and Otto Hoffman had been added to the cast. Production was completed that month, as a review was published in the 9 Nov 1929 Har. It stated: “In some theatres this picture ought to take well. It is a strong melodrama, revolving around a crook master mind, and around the efforts of the heroine, confederate of the crook leader, to prove innocent the hero, a doctor, and so to get him out of prison, where he had been sent, framed by the crook. The suspense is tense. But the picture is gruesome to a certain extent, leaving one in a somewhat unhappy frame of mind. In addition to this, the story teaches a bad moral, in that it glorifies a crook and murderer. Sam Hardy takes the part of the crook well. He is shown being able to know the movements of people he wanted to know about, by the 'grape vine' method, as he calls it. Not a movement do the characters undertake unless it is know to him. The spectator is held in pretty tense suspense throughout.” The 11 Dec 1929 Var added: “This picture should be on double feature programs. Story is tied like a sailor’s knot, tripping whatever opportunity Lloyd Hughes and Sam Hardy have. Margaret Livingston is the same as ever. Photography and recording ... More Less

On 10 Oct 1929, FD reported that Charles Wilson and Otto Hoffman had been added to the cast. Production was completed that month, as a review was published in the 9 Nov 1929 Har. It stated: “In some theatres this picture ought to take well. It is a strong melodrama, revolving around a crook master mind, and around the efforts of the heroine, confederate of the crook leader, to prove innocent the hero, a doctor, and so to get him out of prison, where he had been sent, framed by the crook. The suspense is tense. But the picture is gruesome to a certain extent, leaving one in a somewhat unhappy frame of mind. In addition to this, the story teaches a bad moral, in that it glorifies a crook and murderer. Sam Hardy takes the part of the crook well. He is shown being able to know the movements of people he wanted to know about, by the 'grape vine' method, as he calls it. Not a movement do the characters undertake unless it is know to him. The spectator is held in pretty tense suspense throughout.” The 11 Dec 1929 Var added: “This picture should be on double feature programs. Story is tied like a sailor’s knot, tripping whatever opportunity Lloyd Hughes and Sam Hardy have. Margaret Livingston is the same as ever. Photography and recording good.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Oct 1929
p. 11.
Film Daily
22 Dec 1929.
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Harrison's Reports
9 Nov 1929
p. 179.
Variety
11 Dec 1929
p. 39.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Ch sd mixer
Sd mixing eng
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 December 1929
Copyright Number:
LP910
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,711
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While serving a term in an eastern penitentiary, Marian falls in love with Bradford, a physician serving a life sentence for a murder of which she believes him to be innocent. Frank Egan, an underworld leader who has unsuccessfully sought Marian's love, operates a hotel that serves as a blind for his operations and meets Marian when she is released. To her surprise Egan offers to free Bradford and force Smith, who needs money desperately, to confess to the crime; after securing Bradford's release, Egan holds him and threatens his life unless Marian will allow him (Egan) to make love to her; she refuses and shoots him, but when Bradford gives him medical aid, the gang leader repents and confesses to the crime for which Bradford was ... +


While serving a term in an eastern penitentiary, Marian falls in love with Bradford, a physician serving a life sentence for a murder of which she believes him to be innocent. Frank Egan, an underworld leader who has unsuccessfully sought Marian's love, operates a hotel that serves as a blind for his operations and meets Marian when she is released. To her surprise Egan offers to free Bradford and force Smith, who needs money desperately, to confess to the crime; after securing Bradford's release, Egan holds him and threatens his life unless Marian will allow him (Egan) to make love to her; she refuses and shoots him, but when Bradford gives him medical aid, the gang leader repents and confesses to the crime for which Bradford was convicted. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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