My Six Convicts

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My Six Convicts
My Six Convicts FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Hugo Fregonese
Produced by Stanley Kramer
Written by Michael Blankfort
Donald Powell Wilson (book)
Starring John Beal
Gilbert Roland
Millard Mitchell
Marshall Thompson
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Guy Roe
Edited by Gene Havlick
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 20, 1952 (1952-03-20)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.1 million (US rentals)[1]

My Six Convicts is an American 1952 comedy-drama film adapted from the autobiographical book written by Donald Powell Wilson (entitled "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, 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.

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Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor Millard Mitchell Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Hugo Fregonese Nominated


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

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