Convicted (1950 film)

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 Hawk's The Criminal Code (1931) and John Brahm's Penitentiary (1938).[2]

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


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.



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. By THOMAS F BRADY Special to The New York Times. (1949, Dec 02). BETTY HUTTON SET FOR 2 METRO FILMS. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. Variety. Film review, August 1950. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.
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