I Cheated the Law

I Cheated the Law is a 1949 American crime film directed by Edward L. Cahn and written by Richard G. Hubler. The film stars Tom Conway, Steve Brodie, Robert Osterloh, Barbara Billingsley, Russell Hicks and James Seay. The film was released on March 4, 1949, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2][3]

I Cheated the Law
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced bySam Baerwitz
Screenplay byRichard G. Hubler
Story bySam Baerwitz
StarringTom Conway
Steve Brodie
Robert Osterloh
Barbara Billingsley
Russell Hicks
James Seay
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyJackson Rose
Edited byArthur Hilton
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 4, 1949 (1949-03-04)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States


In court, criminal attorney John Campbell defends a man, Frank Bricolle, who is charged with murdering a night watchman in a fur warehouse during a robbery. Frank having saved his life during the war, John believes in him so much that both he and wife Ruth provide the defendant with an alibi, resulting in his acquittal.

Frank later confesses to John how he did indeed commit the crime, aided by Joe Corsi and other accomplices. John expresses regret for his actions and leaves Ruth, wanting to be alone for a while. He is actually busy scheming to frame Corsi for the murder. Corsi tries to avoid a conviction by accusing Bricolle in the courtroom, where Bricolle pulls a gun and tries to shoot his way out. He is killed, and John returns home to Ruth.



  1. "I Cheated the Law! (1949) - Overview". TCM.com. 1949-03-31. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  2. "I-Cheated-the-Law - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  3. "I Cheated the Law". Afi.com. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
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