A Man Betrayed (1937)

Genres - Crime  |   Release Date - Dec 28, 1936 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Man Betrayed in this Republic actioner is hero Eddie Nugent, though this doesn't occur until the film is half over. Framed for a murder he didn't commit, Nugent finds support from an unlikely corner: a group of crooks, led by John Wray, set about to prove the boy's innocence. All of this meets with the benign approval of clergyman Lloyd Hughes, whose beatific good influence turns out to be contagious. Evidently intended to be longer than its present 58 minutes, Man Betrayed contains several gaping plot and continuity holes, the result of what seems to have been ruthless wholesale editing. The film makes even less sense on TV, where it was pared down to 53 minutes -- and then, to accommodate extra commercials, was whittled down further to 48 minutes (whew)!

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accusation, criminal, execution, false-accusation, frame-up, imprisonment, innocence, minister, murder