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Cast overview:
Robert Palmer
Helen Cohan ...
Marguerite ('Margie') Shannon
Pat O'Malley ...
Sergeant Detective W. J. Bender
Robert Ellis ...
James Forrester
Virginia True Boardman ...
Henry Hall ...
Mr. Shannon
Leander De Cordova ...
Isaac Lewin
John Ince ...
Murdock MacQuarrie ...
Olin Francis ...


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Crime | Drama






Release Date:

23 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Katerga kai dikaiosyni  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Low budget but still entertaining---and it illustrates that honesty is NOT necessarily the best policy!
13 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Regis Toomey stars in "Penal Code" as Robert Palmer--a guy in prison when the film begins. However, his family thinks he's in Australia working. This is because he's using a forwarding service to reroute his letters home through Australia. This is because he doesn't want his mother to find out the truth. Despite this lie, Palmer is a model prisoner and finished his hitch with no incidents.

When Palmer returns home, he continues the lie. This seems pretty innocent until his old boss, the bank president, offers him his job back now that he's 'returned from Australia'. Bob takes it and like looks good. However, two problems soon are brewing--an ex-con who might just be pressuring Bob to pay him or else as well as the vice president of the bank who is a crook. How does Palmer handle all this? See the film and find out for yourself.

While Regis Toomey is not a big-name actor (though he was in a ton of films and TV shows) and Monarch Films certainly isn't a big-name studio, the film works well mostly because the acting was quite good. The script, while very simple, is still enjoyable as well. Worth seeing, as it's a decent example of a B-movie that manages to still entertain.

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