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Theatrical Poster
Directed by Henry Levin
Produced by Jerry Bresler
Written by Screenplay:
Seton I. Miller
Fred Niblo, Jr.
William Bowers
Martin Flavin
Starring Glenn Ford
Broderick Crawford
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Editing by Al Clark
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 1950
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Convicted (1950) is a American crime film noir directed by Henry Levin and written by Seton I. Miller, Fred Niblo, Jr., and William Bowers, based on a play written by Martin Flavin. The drama features Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, among others.[1]



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 a rat 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.


Convicted was the third film version of Martin Flavin's 1929 stage play The Criminal Code.[2]


Critical reception

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."[3]

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."[4]

See also


  1. ^ Convicted at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Erikson, Hal. Convicted at Allmovie.
  3. ^ Variety. Film review, August 1950. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, October 1, 2004. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.

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