Convicted (1950)

89 or 91 mins | Drama | August 1950

Director:

Henry Levin

Producer:

Jerry Bresler

Cinematographer:

Burnett Guffey

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Designer:

Carl Anderson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was One Way Out . Martin Flavin's play was the basis for two earlier Columbia films. In 1931, Howard Hawks directed The Criminal Code , which starred Walter Huston. Penitentiary , released in 1938, was directed by John Brahm and starred Walter Connolly (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0876 and ... More Less

The film's working title was One Way Out . Martin Flavin's play was the basis for two earlier Columbia films. In 1931, Howard Hawks directed The Criminal Code , which starred Walter Huston. Penitentiary , released in 1938, was directed by John Brahm and starred Walter Connolly (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0876 and F3.3412). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Jul 1950.
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Daily Variety
26 Jul 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
31 Jul 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Jul 50
p. 405.
Variety
26 Jul 50
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Criminal Code by Martin Flavin (New York, 2 Oct 1929).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
One Way Out
Release Date:
August 1950
Production Date:
12 December 1949--19 January 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 July 1950
Copyright Number:
LP226
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89 or 91
Length(in feet):
8,168
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a fight in a nightclub ends with the death of a prominent politician's son, Joe Hufford is arrested and charged with murder. Although the district attorney, George Knowland, advises Joe to hire a good criminal lawyer, Joe decides to stick with Vernon Bradley, the corporation lawyer sent by his employer. Knowland, who believes the death to be accidental, suggests that Bradley have Joe plead guilty to manslaughter. Bradley refuses and, after the case goes to trial, the lawyer's lack of experience in criminal law results in a guilty verdict for Joe, who is sent to prison. After six months, Joe joins a group of prisoners who are planning an escape. Joe's cellmate, Malloby, warns him that Ponti, one of the prisoners involved in the plan, had betrayed other convicts during an earlier attempt. Nonetheless, Joe is determined to escape to visit his ailing father. Before the escape, Joe learns that his father has died, and frustrated, starts a fight with a guard. Joe is sentenced to solitary confinement and thus misses the escape. As Malloby had predicted, Ponti reveals the escape plans to the prison authorities, and all the escapees are killed. Meanwhile, Knowland is given the job of prison warden. Ponti demands that Knowland save him from the angry convicts and release him from prison as Captain Douglas, the brutal head guard, had promised. Knowland agrees only to transfer him to another prison, and until that is possible, offers him a room in the warden's quarters. Knowland also takes an interest in Joe's case and has him transferred from the prison laundry to a position as ... +


After a fight in a nightclub ends with the death of a prominent politician's son, Joe Hufford is arrested and charged with murder. Although the district attorney, George Knowland, advises Joe to hire a good criminal lawyer, Joe decides to stick with Vernon Bradley, the corporation lawyer sent by his employer. Knowland, who believes the death to be accidental, suggests that Bradley have Joe plead guilty to manslaughter. Bradley refuses and, after the case goes to trial, the lawyer's lack of experience in criminal law results in a guilty verdict for Joe, who is sent to prison. After six months, Joe joins a group of prisoners who are planning an escape. Joe's cellmate, Malloby, warns him that Ponti, one of the prisoners involved in the plan, had betrayed other convicts during an earlier attempt. Nonetheless, Joe is determined to escape to visit his ailing father. Before the escape, Joe learns that his father has died, and frustrated, starts a fight with a guard. Joe is sentenced to solitary confinement and thus misses the escape. As Malloby had predicted, Ponti reveals the escape plans to the prison authorities, and all the escapees are killed. Meanwhile, Knowland is given the job of prison warden. Ponti demands that Knowland save him from the angry convicts and release him from prison as Captain Douglas, the brutal head guard, had promised. Knowland agrees only to transfer him to another prison, and until that is possible, offers him a room in the warden's quarters. Knowland also takes an interest in Joe's case and has him transferred from the prison laundry to a position as his chauffeur. At Knowland's suggestion, his daughter Kay befriends Joe and tries to restore his dignity. Meanwhile, Malloby and some of the other convicts plot to kill Ponti. Malloby, who works as Knowland's butler, is to carry out the killing, but insists that Joe should not be involved. By accident, however, Joe is waiting for the warden in his office and sees Malloby leave the scene of the murder. When Joe will not reveal the name of the killer, Knowland warns him that he will be accused of the crime. Despite this threat, Joe continues to keep silent, and Knowland sends him to solitary confinement. After Joe is slipped a knife with which to kill Douglas, Malloby contrives to be sent to solitary and then uses the knife to kill Douglas in retaliation for returning him to prison for a minor parole violation. Before he is gunned down by the guards, Malloby confesses to Ponti's murder. Shortly after that, Joe is paroled and receives Knowland's permission to call on Kay after he finds employment. +

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