February 21, 2017


For Them That Trespass – 1949 | 95 mins | Thriller, Crime | B&W

Plot Synopsis

For Them That Trespass

For Them That Trespass was the final UK production of noted Ealing director Alberto Cavalcanti until a brief return in 1961, and adapted from the Ernest Raymond novel by future helmer J Lee Thompson. The noirish crime drama is set against a bleak backdrop of working class Cockney squalor as wrongly convicted Richard Todd attempts to clear his name of murder.

An upper-class young writer, Christopher Drew (Stephen Murray), goes to the sordid side of London in search of life experience to give his prose more realism and heart. He wanders around the East End and eventually meets good-time-girl Frankie Ketchen (Rosalyn Boulter), and despite the class divide Drew returns to see Frankie. Frankie has a boyfriend, violent train driver Jim Heal (Michael Laurence), who murders his girlfriend in a jealous rage. Drew witnesses the murder, but fearful of damage to his reputation and career, withholds information that would have prevented innocent petty thief Herbert Logan (Richard Todd) spending 15 years in prison for the crime.

Logan is released from prison after serving 15 years and vows to clear his name. In the meantime, Drew has become a successful playwright, married and living in a large house on the outskirts of London. One evening Logan receives a bolt from the blue when he hears a crime drama on the radio featuring a character clearly inspired by the deceased Frankie. The play was written by Drew, and Logan attempts to gather enough evidence to clear his name.

Production Team

Alberto Cavalcanti: Director
Derick Williams: Cinematography
Margery Saunders: Film Editing
F. Cross: Makeup Department
R. Clark: Makeup Department
Ernest Raymond: Novel
Philip Green: Original Music
Victor Skutezky: Producer
Peter Proud: Production Design
J. Lee Thompson: Screenplay
William Douglas-Home: Script
Harry Benson: Sound
Stan Jolly: Sound
P. Woods: Sound


Richard Todd: Herbert Edward Logan
Rosalyn Boulter: Frankie Ketchen
Vida Hope: Olive Mockson
Michael Laurence: Jim Heal
Stephen Murray: Christopher Drew
Patricia Plunkett: Rosie

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