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Convicted (1950 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Levin
Screenplay byWilliam Bowers
Fred Niblo, Jr.
Seton I. Miller
Based onThe Criminal Code
1929 play
by Martin Flavin
Produced byJerry Bresler
StarringGlenn Ford
Broderick Crawford
Millard Mitchell
Dorothy Malone
Carl Benton Reid
Frank Faylen
Will Geer
CinematographyBurnett Guffey
Edited byAl Clark
Music byGeorge Duning
Color processBlack and white
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 1950 (1950-08) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Convicted is a 1950 American crime film noir directed by Henry Levin and starring Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford.[1] It was the third Columbia Pictures film adaptation of the 1929 stage play The Criminal Code by Martin Flavin, following Howard Hawks's The Criminal Code (1931) and John Brahm's Penitentiary (1938).[2]


This prison drama is the story of Joe Hufford (Glenn Ford), a man convicted of manslaughter. George Knowland (Broderick Crawford) is the warden who understands Hufford, helps him adjust to prison life and recognize that he has a future after release. Hufford witnesses the murder of an informer by another convict, Malloby (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 locked in solitary confinement. In the end, the real murderer confesses and Hufford escapes the electric chair. He obtains his release and, having fallen in love with the warden's daughter, (Dorothy Malone), ensures he has permission from Knowland to pursue a relationship with her.



The staff at Variety magazine wrote, Convicted 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]


  1. ^ * Convicted at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ THOMAS F BRADY (Dec 2, 1949). "BETTY HUTTON SET FOR 2 METRO FILMS". New York Times. ProQuest 105894276.
  3. ^ Variety. Film review, August 1950. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.

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