My Six Convicts

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My Six Convicts
My Six Convicts FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Hugo Fregonese
Produced by Edna and Edward Anhalt
(associate producers)
Screenplay by Michael Blankfort
Based onthe book by
Donald Powell Wilson
Starring Millard Mitchell
Gilbert Roland
John Beal
Marshall Thompson
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyGuy Roe, A.S.C.
Edited by Gene Havlick, A.C.E.
Stanley Kramer Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 20, 1952 (1952-03-20)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million (US rentals) [1]

My Six Convicts is a 1952 American film noir crime 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.


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 Carr Harry Higgins
George Eldredge Convict #3
Dick Curtis Guard
Billy Nelson Guard
Barney Phillips Baker, the foreman
Joe Palma Convict driver
Eddie Parker Guard on dump trunk
Charles Sullivan Driscoll
Wesley Addy Convict
Frank Mitchell Convict #3007
Fred Kelsey Store detective
Shirley Mills Blonde Tilly


Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor Millard Mitchell Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Hugo Fregonese Nominated

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