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For Them That Trespass (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 6 July 1950 (USA)
"Cristy" Drew, an aspiring young writer, trying to broaden his experience, gets involved with "Frankie" Ketchen and her two suitors, Herb Logan and Jim Heal. One night, Jim finds "Frankie" ... See full summary »

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Ernest Raymond (novel), J. Lee Thompson (screenplay) (as J. Lee-Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Murray ... Christopher Drew
Richard Todd ... Herbert Edward Logan
Patricia Plunkett ... Rosie
Rosalyn Boulter Rosalyn Boulter ... Frankie Ketchen
Michael Laurence Michael Laurence ... Jim Heal
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Drew
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Olive Mockson
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... The Vicar
Michael Medwin ... Len, Herbie's bar pal
John Salew John Salew ... Prosecutor Ainsley
Robert Harris ... Defense Counsel Sir Huntley
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Gracie, Rosie's friend
Harry Fowler ... Dave, Rosie's friend
Irene Handl ... Inn Proprietress
Helen Cherry ... Mary Drew
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"Cristy" Drew, an aspiring young writer, trying to broaden his experience, gets involved with "Frankie" Ketchen and her two suitors, Herb Logan and Jim Heal. One night, Jim finds "Frankie" has been with "Cristy" and kills her. Herb is accused of the murder and sentenced to prison. When he gets out, he blames "Christy," but finally proves Jim to be the real killer, based on a clue provided to him by "Christy," now a famous writer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unschuldig verurteilt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Todd receives an "and introducing" credit. See more »

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Court Official: Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! My Lords, the King's Justices do strictly charge and abound all persons to keep silence whilst sentence of death is passing on the prisoner at the bar, upon pain of imprisonment. God save the King!
Judge: Herbert Edward Logan, a jury of your countrymen have found you guilty of murder. The sentence of the Court is that you be taken from this place to a lawful prison and thence to a place of execution and that you be there hanged by the neck until you be dead. And that your body be ...
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Referenced in The Mirror Crack'd (1980) See more »

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Deliver Them From Evil
15 April 2017 | by bnwfilmbuffSee all my reviews

This is another expertly directed film noir by Cavalcanti to go along with the somewhat darker "I Became a Criminal". This has a more complex storyline. An aspiring young writer goes slumming to broaden his experiences and becomes smitten with a bar floozy, who's carrying on with a couple of other guys. After a narrow escape from one of these lovers at her apartment the night before, he reads in the morning paper that she's been murdered but does nothing when he learns that the wrong man has been accused. The acting is uniformly good and a number of odd camera angles add to the tension in the movie. I liked the way the movie seamlessly transitions its focus from Stephen Murray, the writer, to Rosalyn Boulter, the murdered woman, to Richard Todd, the accused murderer. A negative point was that the courtroom scenes were shallow and lacked any defense for the accused. As a point of social commentary I couldn't help but feel how little we've progressed in helping those that have done their time assimilate back into society with decent jobs: the same barriers exist today as depicted in the movie. This is well done with a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.


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