John Smith, an orphan turned transient, was accused of the murder of a friend who was also a bum and sent to prison for life. He is set free when it is discovered that his arresting officer beat a confession out of him. Eventually the man John was with at the time of the crime is found and his name is finally cleared for good.
Did You Know?
John Smith was an alias of Wilhelm Meyer, the man responsible for sending Adolf Beck to prison, in a classic case of mistaken identity. See more
If John Smith had actually grown up in an orphanage, then he would never have been nameless - orphanages were legally required to give the children in them names, if they didn't have names already. See more
Will you talk to him, Sam?
Warden, what could I say to him now?
His only chance lies in a reinvestigation of the facts of his case. Your group is set up to do the job. I wish you'd try.
Do you have any real indication that he might be innocent?
Nooo, but would a man spend twenty-two years saving pennies for his transcript if he were guilty?
20 December 1957 (USA)
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