My Six Convicts

My Six Convicts is an American 1952 comedy-drama film adapted from the autobiographical book written by Donald Powell Wilson (titled "My Six Convicts: A Psychologist's Three Years in Fort Leavenworth"). The film was adapted for the screen by Michael Blankfort and directed by Hugo Fregonese.

My Six Convicts
Directed byHugo Fregonese
Produced byEdna and Edward Anhalt
(associate producers)
Screenplay byMichael Blankfort
Based onthe book by
Donald Powell Wilson
StarringMillard Mitchell
Gilbert Roland
John Beal
Marshall Thompson
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
(music combosed
and directed)
CinematographyGuy Roe, A.S.C.
Edited byGene Havlick, A.C.E.
Distributed byColumbia Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • March 20, 1952 (1952-03-20)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million (US rentals)[1]

While vintage prints of Wilson's text can be found online,[2] the film adaptation has never seen a home video release. As such, it has almost faded into obscurity, and it is primarily remembered for Millard Mitchell having won a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Connie.


My Six Convicts is the true story of a prison psychologist (John Beal) and his attempts to get through to his incarcerated patients. While dealing with serious issues, the film was created in comedic form. While the film is true to the overall spirit of the book, dramatic license was taken with the adaptation and certain events (e.g., the failed prison break and the resulting death of an innocent inmate) are fictional and were created solely to add dramatic elements to the film.


Uncredited (in order of appearance)
Jack CarrHarry Higgins
George EldredgeConvict #3
Dick CurtisGuard
Billy NelsonGuard
Barney PhillipsBaker, the foreman
Joe PalmaConvict driver
Eddie ParkerGuard on dump trunk
Charles SullivanDriscoll
Wesley AddyConvict
Frank MitchellConvict #3007
Fred KelseyStore detective
Shirley MillsBlonde Tilly


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor Millard Mitchell Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Hugo Fregonese Nominated


  1. 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. My Six Convicts in All Departments at
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