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The Criminal Code (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 3 January 1931 (USA)
After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.

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(from the stage play by), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Phillips Holmes ...
Robert Graham
Constance Cummings ...
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Galloway
DeWitt Jennings ...
Captain Gleason (as De Witt Jennings)
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Gertrude Williams
Ethel Wales ...
Katie
Clark Marshall ...
Runch
Arthur Hoyt ...
Leonard Nettleford
John St. Polis ...
Dr. Rinewulf
Paul Porcasi ...
Tony Spelvin (as Paul Porcassi)
Otto Hoffman ...
Jim Fales
John Sheehan ...
McManus
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Storyline

A wily D.A.(Brady) gets a 10 year conviction of a young 20 year old (Robert Graham)who he knows killed a man in self defense. Years later Brady becomes warden of the prison holding Graham. When Brady realizes that 6 years of working in the prison jute mill has pushed Graham to the breaking point, he gives him a chance- a new job as his valet. Graham responds well and earns the respect of both the warden and his beautiful daughter. Graham's mettle is put to the test when he stumbles onto a prison murder committed by his cell-mate. He must choose between the criminal code of silence and the warden's strong persuasion to reveal the killer. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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3 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Codice penale  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Movie debut of Constance Cummings. See more »

Quotes

Mark Brady: [as a pretty witness puts up her skirt to show her leg] Never mind that. Pull down the shade.
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Connections

Version of Penitentiary (1938) See more »

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Meeting of the Monsters
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Music by Cecil Copping
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CRIMINAL CODE HELPED KARLOFF
20 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boris Karloff appeared on the stage of the Belasco Theatre, New York City in the role of Galloway in a Martin Flavin stage play. It was a minor part, however, it was an important one: Galloway, the prison trusty who becomes a killer. On the strength of his performance, he was soon cast in the film version. During 1931-32, twenty-three of his films were released, an average of nearly one a month which included Frankenstein. Criminal Code was the big break Karloff was waiting for and he never gave up acting until the very end.


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