GenreAction, Crime, Drama Story byMartin Flavin CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 1950 (1950-08) (United States) Based onthe play The Criminal Code
by Martin Flavin WriterMartin Flavin (play), William Bowers (screenplay), Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (screenplay) CastGlenn Ford (Joe Hufford), Broderick Crawford (George Knowland), Millard Mitchell (Malloby), Dorothy Malone (Kay Knowland), Carl Benton Reid (Captain Douglas), Frank Faylen (Convict Ponti) Similar moviesJail in Burning Island, Blackhat, Caged, Unspeakable, Stanford Prison Experiment: Psychology of Imprisonment, The Green Mile
Convicted is a 1950 American crime film noir directed by Henry Levin starring Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford. It was the third Columbia Pictures film adaptation of the 1929 stage play The Criminal Code by Martin Flavin, following Howard Hawk's The Criminal Code (1931) and John Brahm's Penitentiary (1938).
The prison drama tells of Joe Hufford (Glenn Ford), a man convicted of manslaughter. George Knowland (Broderick Crawford) is the warden who understands Hufford and tries to help him adjust to prison life. 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 and into the arms of the warden's daughter (Dorothy Malone), with whom he has fallen in love.
Glenn Ford as Joe Hufford
Broderick Crawford as George Knowland
Millard Mitchell as Malloby
Dorothy Malone as Kay Knowland
Carl Benton Reid as Captain Douglas
Frank Faylen as Convict Ponti
Will Geer as Convict Mapes
Martha Stewart as Bertie Williams
Henry O'Neill as Detective Dorn
Roland Winters as Vernon Bradley, Attorney
Ed Begley as Mackay, Head of Parole Board
Whit Bissell as State Attorney (Mr. Owens)
John Doucette as Convict Tex
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."