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Convict's Code (1939)

A man is framed and sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. When he is let out on limited parole, he sets out to clear his name and find the real criminals.


Lambert Hillyer


John W. Krafft (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Kent ... Dave Tyler
Anne Nagel ... Julie Warren
Sidney Blackmer ... Gregory Warren
Victor Kilian ... C.W. Bennett
Norman Willis ... Joe Russell
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Magruder
Ben Alexander ... Jeff Palmer
Pat Flaherty ... Sniffy Johnson
Carleton Young ... Pete Jennings
Howard Hickman ... Prison Warden
Joan Barclay ... Elaine
Harry Strang ... Tony Lynch


A man is framed and sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. When he is let out on limited parole, he sets out to clear his name and find the real criminals.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Stilted Crime Drama
9 July 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Former football star Dave " Whizz " Tyler is convicted of a robbery and spends three years in jail . Given parole he faces completing the remaining six years if he breaks his parole but vows that he's innocent of the crime and will do everything to prove it

You don't need to be a jailbird to know the convicts code - you don't snitch . If a tunnel suddenly appears in the next cell and you suddenly find a pneumatic drill in your own cell then you invoke the Nuremberg defence of " I didn't hear anything , I didn't see anything , this has got nothing to do with me " and you'll probably live long enough to complete your sentence

With a title like CONVICT'S CODE you could be forgiven for thinking you're going to be watching the similar sounding premise of EACH DAWN I DIE where an innocent man who has been framed trying to clear his name surrounded by hardened criminals . This isn't how the film works out . Instead we get Whizz Tyler walking about from one cheap studio set to another with not very good actors who are marginally just less wooden than the sets

There's also something that puzzled me and that is Whizz continually claims to be innocent to everyone including the prison Warden and his parole officer and I kept wondering how the parole board works in America . In Scottish and English law someone is only eligible for parole if they admit to the crime and are genuinely sorry they did the crime . Someone claiming they are innocent wouldn't in theory qualify . Of course the practise is entirely different and we've been treated to some truly hideous sights like Johnathan King calling a press conference on his day of release saying his victims were lying and he can prove it . Needless to say we're still waiting for this evidence to surface . I was under the impression that America does tend to be a lot stricter about parole and its granting of it

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Release Date:

18 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paroled to Exile See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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