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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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Robert Graham
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Galloway
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Captain Gleason (as De Witt Jennings)
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Gertrude Williams
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Katie Ryan
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Runch
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Leonard Nettleford
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Dr. Rinewulf
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Tony Spelvin (as Paul Porcassi)
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Jim Fales
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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3 January 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Codice penale  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The prison yard sequence was shot at M-G-M, using the set originally built for "The Big House" (1930). See more »

Goofs

Robert calculates there are 52,560 hours in six years. However, he forgets leap years with their extra day. So, in a span of six years there would actually be 52,584 or 52,608 hours, depending on if that period included one or two leap years. See more »

Quotes

State's Attorney: Now, there was a killing out here over a week ago. So far there's been no inquest. Th-the coroner's done his duty. He's been out here three times. We've sworn in a jury, packed them out here in a bus, and had to pack them back again. Each time you've asked for a postponement. You wouldn't let us see this fellow Graham, and you refused to testify yourself. All we know about the case is what comes out in the newspapers.
Mark Brady: Yeah, and that's not much.
State's Attorney: Not much? A man's dead and somebody's got to pay!
Mark Brady: ...
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Music by Giuseppe Becce
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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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