For Them That Trespass (April 21, 1949)
Released on April 21, 1949: An innocent man is sentenced to death while another fellow who could prove his innocence watches silently.
Produced by Victor Skutezky
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
Written by Ernest Raymond with screenplay by J. Lee Thompson and William Douglas-Home
The Actors: Richard Todd (Herbert Edward Logan), Patricia Plunkett (Rosie), Stephen Murray (Christopher Drew), Michael Laurence (Jim Heal), Vida Hope (Olive Mockson), Rosalyn Boulter (Frankie Ketchen), James Hayter (John Craigie 'Jocko' Glenn), Harry Fowler (Rosie's friend Dave), George Hayes (the mad artist), Michael Brennan (Detective Inspector Benstead), Joan Dowling (Rosie's friend Gracie), Michael Medwin (Len, Herbie's bar buddie), Irene Handl (Inn proprietress), John Salew (Prosecutor Ainsley), Robert Harris (Devense Counsel Sir Huntley), Mary Merrall (Mrs. Drew), Frederick Leister (the Vicar), Harcourt Williams (judge), George Curzon (Clark Hall), Ian Fleming (first prison warden), Edward Lexy (second prison warden), Helen Cherry (Mary Drew), Valentine Dyall (toastmaster at the Drew party), Ernest Butcher (employment clerk), Susanne Gibbs (unknown), Cameron Hall (court official), David Keir (theatre patron), Charles Lloyd Pack (theatre critic), Andreas Malandrinos (Nicholas), Charles Paton (stage doorman), Kynaston Reeves (the judge), Johnnie Schofield (warder in condemned cell), Leonard Sharp (pub customer), Alan Wheatley (librarian)
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Sorry-for-Nothing Frankie and Her Boyfriends
Movies usually have ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ . . . . And sometimes honest folk disagree about which is which. This is one of those stories where most people will think opposite of me on this subject. I will tell you who I think the bad guy is, and I expect that you may vigorously disagree. . . . But that’s all right . . . . I just put it down to the fact that I was probably dropped on my head as a young lad and often I just don’t think the way that the rest of the world does. Here are the choices that we have for ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’ . . . and the killer. All three men have relations with Frankie Ketchen, a girl in the seedy part of London who lives life fast and hard. She calls herself ‘Sorry-for-Nothing Frankie’ because she is easy on the men, but she is honest . . . . Maybe not good, but honest. Frankie does love the boys, one at a time, anytime, anywhere. Her main boyfriend is Jim Heal, and he is a fireman for the railroad who knows that his Frankie likes the boys, but he can never catch her with any men because she is careful to party with the boys while he is at work. There are two men who are seeing Frankie as our story progresses, and one will be the ‘good guy’ and one will be the ‘bad guy’ . . . . In my humble opinion.
Our first fellow Chris is a fine young fellow brought up in a fine London home, the graduate of a fine school who has a job as secretary to the Vicar. Christoper wants to be an author . . . A famous author . . . . But he is advised by the Vicar that great authors must write what they know about . . . An author needs to live life on the wild side for a bit to understand how people think and act before he can write about them. So off Chris goes to the seedy side of London and meets Frankie in a rowdy bar. He has just met her when Frankie gets into a hair-pulling, dress-ripping fight with her girlfriend Olive. Chris is seeing the wild side of life and is fascinated with Frankie. He visits Frankie many nights while her boyfriend is busy working on the train.
Our second fellow is a thief and rowdy fellow named Herb, who works burglary jobs with a Scotsman named Jocko. Herb likes Frankie also, and many nights Herb has just left Frankie minutes before Chris arrives. . . . . Sheesh . . . . This gal is something else. Anyway, those are the two men who we will label ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’ . . . . Now, here is the rub: Frankie will get murdered, but not by either of these two fellows . . . . . One of the fellows will be accused of her murder and be sentenced to hang while the other watches in silence . . . . The other fellow could prove that the condemned man was not the killer, but he will not lift as much as a pinkie finger to help the condemned man . . . . He has too much prestige to lose by admitting his affair with Frankie. . . . . Sometimes justice is a long and bumpy road that takes many unpleasant turns, for them that trespass. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Harry Fowler and Patricia Plunkett
Kynaston Reeves and Cameron Hall
Patricia Plunkett and Joan Dowling
Richard Todd and Patricia Plunkett
Richard Todd and Rosalyn Boulter
Richard Todd in prison
Robert Harris and John Salew
Rosalyn Boulter and Michael Laurence
Rosalyn Boulter and Michael Laurence
Rosalyn Boulter fights Vida Hope
Rosalyn Boulter and Stephen Murray
Stephen Murray and Richard Todd
Stephen Muray and Rosalyn Boulter