Convicted

Synopsis: Joe Hufford gets involved in a nightclub brawl, kills a man in self defense, and is sent to prison for manslaughter, to the dismay of district attorney George Knowland who realizes Joe had an incompetent lawyer who should have gotten him off by proving self-defense. Later, Knowland becomes warden of the prison Joe is in, and makes him a Trusty and his chauffeur. Joe and the warden's daughter, Kay, fall in love but Joe gets involved in a prison escape.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Henry Levin
Production: Columbia Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.8
PASSED
Year:
1950
91 min
91 Views


I CAN'T SEE HOW YOU CAN MAKE

A STUPID STATEMENT LIKE THAT.

NOTHING STUPID ABOUT IT.

IT HAPPENS TO BE A FACT.

THE OLD-TIMERS

WERE MUCH BETTER.

YOU MEAN TO TELL ME

THERE HASN'T BEEN A BALLPLAYER

SINCE TY COBB?

THAT'S WHAT I SAID.

WHO'S BEEN PLAYING THE GAME,

THEN, FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS?

OH, A BUNCH

OF OVERGROWN SANDLOTTERS.

ROUTINE HEART ATTACK.

THE GUY HAD BEEN DEAD ABOUT EIGHT HOURS.

I'LL MAKE OUT THE REPOR LATER.

BABE RUTH WAS A SANDLOTTER?

RUTH WAS:

A FAIR COUNTRY BALLPLAYER.

WHAT ABOUT PITCHERS?

I HAVEN'T HEARD OF ONE

SINCE WALTER JOHNSON.

WHERE YOU BEEN BURIED?

HOW ABOUT HUBBELL, LEFTY GROVE,

DIZZY DEAN, FELLER?

WHO DID THEY PITCH AGAINST?

OH, NOBODY.

YOU GUYS START THIS AGAIN,

I'M GONNA CALL THE COPS.

SERGEANT HENRY.

WHAT ABOUT DiMAGGIO?

HE'S A GOOD BALLPLAYER.

THE REST OF THE COUNTRY

WILL BE MIGHTY GLAD

TO HEAR THAT YOU FEEL

THAT WAY ABOUT HIM.

THERE'S BEEN SOME TROUBLE

AT THE HAWAIIAN CLUB.

SOME GUY GOT SLUGGED

PRETTY BAD.

THAT'S JUST AS SILLY AS SAYIN'

THERE HASN'T BEEN

A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER

SINCE JIM THORPE.

WELL, NAME ME ONE.

GENTLEMEN, THE PEOPLE

OVER AT THE HAWAIIAN CLUB

ARE WAITING:

FOR A LITTLE LAW AND ORDER.

RED GRANGE, THE FOUR HORSEMEN,

SID LUCKMAN, TOMMY HERMAN.

NEVER HEARD OF THEM.

WHAT NEWSPAPERS DO YOU READ?

THERE HASN'T BEEN

A GOOD NEWSPAPER

SINCE:

THE OLD NEW YORK WORLD.

HAWAIIAN CLUB.

USE THE WHISTLE.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN

THE WINTERS AREN'T AS COLD

AS THEY USED TO BE?

WHAT ABOUT THAT BLIZZARD

THAT SWEPT THE COUNTRY

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO?

WELL, I'LL ADMI IT WAS A LITTLE CHILLY.

YEAH.

BALEY, YOU KNOW

HOW HARD WE TRY:

TO KEEP THIS A NICE,

QUIET PLACE.

WASN'T ANYTHING MUCH -

A LITTLE ARGUMENT OVER A GIRL.

BOTH OF THE BOYS

HAD BEEN DRINKING.

HOW IS HE?

HE'S STILL OUT.

THIS IS DR. MASTERSON.

HE HAPPENED TO BE IN THE CLUB.

I'VE CALLED

FOR AN AMBULANCE.

MUST HAVE HIT HIS HEAD

WHEN HE WENT DOWN.

WELL, WHERE'S THE STRONG HEAR WHO DID IT?

YOU THE GUY WHO SLUGGED

THAT FELLOW?

IT WAS JUST AN ARGUMENT.

THIS FELLOW WALKED UP

WHILE WE WERE DANCING

AND STARTED MAKING

SOME REMARKS.

ABOUT HER?

YEAH.

I DIDN'T HAVE NOTHIN'

TO DO TO WITH IT.

I WANT TO SEE MY LAWYER.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

YVONNA DARE.

SOUNDS LIKE:

A CHEAP PERFUME.

WELL, FELLA, YOU BETTER

COME ALONG WITH US. YOU TOO.

I DIDN'T LAY A GLOVE

ON THE GUY!

I WAS:

AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER!

YOU'RE NOT GOING

TO THE DEATH CELL -

JUST TO THE POLICE STATION.

Masterson:
CHECK

ON THAT AMBULANCE, WILL YOU?

HOW'S IT COMING, DOC?

HIS PULSE IS VERY WEAK.

WELL, DO WHAT YOU CAN.

YOU TAKE HIM ON DOWN, BALEY.

I'LL ROUND UP SOME WITNESSES.

I GOT MY RIGHTS!

I WANT A LAWYER!

YVONNE, COME ALONG

LIKE A NICE LITTLE GIRL

BEFORE I REMEMBER THAT I SAW YOU

IN THE LINEUP TWO WEEKS AGO.

NOW, THEN, KIDDIES,

I WANT TO HEAR:

THE WHOLE STORY.

NO, NO, NO, FRED,

IT'S PURE ROUTINE.

I KNOW IT WAS MITCHELL'S SON.

THAT'S THE REASON

I TOOK OVER MYSELF.

I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE.

I'M DISTRICT ATTORNEY!

CALL ME AT 5:
00.

I'LL GIVE YOU A STATEMENT THEN.

KEEP THE PAPERS OFF MY NECK

FOR A WHILE, EDDIE.

MITCHELL'S A BIG MAN

POLITICALLY.

HAD TO PAY HIM PERSONALLY.

CALL THE GIRL IN.

SEND THE GIRL IN.

RIGHT. THE GIRL.

OKAY, SISTER,

IT'S YOUR TURN.

I WANT A LAWYER.

I'M A LAWYER.

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

I'VE GOT MY RIGHTS!

SURE, YOU HAVE.

SIT DOWN.

I'VE GOT A DAUGHTER

YOUR AGE,

AND THE ONLY THING

LEGS MEAN TO ME:

ARE SOMETHING YOU GOT TO

KEEP COVERED WITH NYLON.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

YVONNA DARE.

LET'S TRY IT AGAIN

AND MAKE IT SOUND RIGHT.

BERTHA.

BERTHA WHAT?

BERTHA WILLIAMS.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE, BERTIE?

WITH MY FOLKS -

1713 COURT STREET.

YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

YES, SIR. BUT LATELY, I'VE BEEN

STAYING WITH A GIRLFRIEND.

WHERE?

206 DOVER STREET.

EVER BEEN ARRESTED?

OH, NO, HONEST, I HAVEN'T.

ALL RIGHT.

I WANT YOU TO TELL ME EXACTLY

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT.

DON'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES.

I WAS SITTIN' IN THIS BAR,

JUST MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS.

WHAT BAR? WHAT TIME?

THE HAWAIIAN CLUB -

ABOUT 11:
00.

GO ON.

WELL, THIS FELLA CAME IN,

SPOKE TO ME, BOUGHT ME A DRINK.

YOU'D NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE?

OH, NO, HONEST, I HADN'T.

WELL, AT FIRST,

I WAS INSULTED.

NEVER MIND THAT STUFF.

ALL I WANT ARE THE FACTS.

WHAT DID HE SAY THEN?

HE SAID HE HADN'T BEEN IN TOWN

LONG, AND HE WAS LONESOME.

AND IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY.

HE ASKED ME:

IF I'D DANCE WITH HIM.

SO I THOUGHT THERE WASN' ANY HARM IN IT.

AND THEN?

WELL, WE WERE JUST DANCIN',

AND THIS MR. MITCHELL CAME UP.

YOU KNOW HIM?

SORT OF.

EVER BEEN OUT WITH HIM?

UH-HUH.

THEN WHAT DID HE DO?

WELL, HE STARTED MAKIN'

SOME CRACKS.

HE TRIED CUTTIN' IN WHILE I WAS

DANCIN' WITH THE YOUNG MAN.

WHEN MY GUY WOULDN'T LET HIM,

HE GOT SORE.

THEN HE WANTED ME TO COME OVER

TO HIS TABLE.

AND WHEN I WOULDN'T,

HE CALLED ME A NAME.

THAT'S

WHAT STARTED EVERYTHING.

THE YOUNG MAN SAID,

"YOU HAVE INSULTED THIS LADY."

HE MEANT ME.

"APOLOGIZE TO HER."

THEN MR. MITCHELL LET LOOSE

WITH SOME WORDS:

AND REACHED BACK

TO HIS HIP POCKET.

WHAT FOR?

IT WAS ONLY:

FOR HIS HANDKERCHIEF.

MY GUY HIT HIM.

WELL, HE FELL DOWN,

AND HE JUST STAYED THERE.

I THINK HE HIT HIS HEAD

ON SOMETHING.

ALL RIGHT, BERTIE, YOU CAN GO.

COME BACK AT 5:
00.

AND, BERTIE,

DON'T TALK TO ANYBODY.

OH, NO, SIR.

I MEAN, YES, SIR.

THAT THE LAS OF THE WITNESSES, EDDIE?

Eddie:
THAT'S ALL.

BRING THE BOY IN.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU'RE JOE HUFFORD?

YES, SIR.

SIT DOWN.

CIGARETTE?

NO, THANKS.

DON'T SMOKE?

YEAH.

I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT.

JOE, YOU'RE

IN A PRETTY BAD SPOT.

WHO HAVE YOU TALKED TO

SO FAR?

THE POLICE AND THE LAWYER

WHO CAME TO SEE ME.

WHAT DID THE LAWYER

HAVE TO SAY?

TOLD ME NOT TO DO

ANY TALKIN'.

THAT'S GOOD ADVICE.

PARTICULARLY,

DON'T SAY ANYTHING TO ME.

MY JOB IS TO PROSECUTE YOU.

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT, DON'T YOU?

YEAH. YOU MIND

IF I ASK A QUESTION?

NO, GO AHEAD.

WILL YOU TELL ME

WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT?

I HAD A FEW DRINKS,

AND I HIT A GUY.

IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY.

YOU KNOW WHO THE BOY WAS?

NO, I NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE.

ANYONE TOLD YOU HE DIED

THIS MORNING?

NOT JUST A BARROOM BRAWL NOW,

JOE.

A MAN IS DEAD.

YOU DID IT.

WELL...

IT...

IT WAS JUST AN ACCIDENT.

HE'S STILL DEAD.

WHEN SOMEBODY GETS KILLED,

SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR IT.

THAT HAPPENS TO BE

THE LAW, JOE.

HE STARTED IT. YOU CAN ASK

ANYONE WHO WAS THERE.

I HAVE.

THEY TOLD ME HE STARTED IT.

THAT'S WHAT KEEPS IT FROM BEING

FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.

IT WAS JUST A ROTTEN BREAK.

HE MUST HAVE HIT HIS HEAD

WHEN HE -

HE DID. I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE

ON THE REPORT.

JOE, AS YOU SAY,

IT'S A ROTTEN BREAK.

THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES

SOMETIMES.

WHO'S YOUR ATTORNEY?

UM, MR. BRADLEY.

THE COMPANY I WORK FOR

SENT HIM OVER.

YOU WORK:

FOR DUTMAN ELDRITCH.

HOW LONG YOU BEEN WITH HIM?

UH, ABOUT A MONTH.

WHERE YOU FROM?

PLAINFIELD.

ANY FAMILY?

YEAH, A FATHER.

CAN HE HELP?

NO, NOT VERY MUCH.

ANYWAY, I WOULDN'T ASK HIM -

HE'S PRETTY OLD

AND NEEDS EVERYTHING HE'S GOT.

DON'T YOU REALIZE YOU'RE GONNA

NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET?

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William Bowers

William Bowers (January 17, 1916 in Las Cruces – March 27, 1987 in Woodland Hills, California) was a reporter in Long Beach, California and Life magazine reporter before becoming a screenwriter. He specialized in writing comedy westerns, and also turned out several thrillers. more…

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