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The Criminal Code (1931)

The Criminal Code (1931)

The Criminal Code

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Jailed after killing a man in self-defense, an innocent young lad is championed by the lawyer who put him there, now the prison warden, resulting in an uneasy romantic involvement with his keeper's daughter. This famous early Howard Hawks prison drama features a memorable Boris Karloff in a bit.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Fred Niblo, Fred Niblo, Jr., Seton I. Miller
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Walter Huston
as Mark Brady
Phillips Holmes
as Robert Graham
Mary Doran
as Gertrude Williams
John Sheehan
as McManus
Boris Karloff
as Ned Galloway
Nicholas Soussanin
as Dr. Rinewulf
Arthur Hoyt
as Nettleford
Lee Phelps
as Doherty
Paul Porcasi
as Tony Spelvin
Jack Vance
as Reporter
John St. Polis
as Dr. Rinewulf
Russell Hopton
as State's Attorney
Tetsu Komai
as Convict
Al Hill
as Food Deliverer
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Granted that Howard Hawks's direction is for the most part intelligent and firm, there are occasional sequences which he spoils by extravagant ideas or by leaving too little to the imagination.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Prison melodrama is stuffy and uninventive, despite good cast.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Unsentimental prison drama.

Full Review… | December 22, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Criminal Code

Granted that Howard Hawks's direction is for the most part intelligent and firm, there are occasional sequences which he spoils by extravagant ideas or by leaving too little to the imagination.

½

The best thing about this movie was Boris Karloff.This was the 1st time I've ever seen him in a non horror role & He was truly creepy.I love old prison flicks so I was hoping for a good movie but it was just OK.Without Boris Karloff, It would've totally sucked

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Brody Manson

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