Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma,' Cody is a volatile, violent, and eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts to have an 'accident' happen to Cody, while he is running the gang from in jail. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop, who thereby befriends him and infiltrates the gang. Finally, the stage is set for Cody's ultimate betrayal and downfall, during a big heist at a chemical plant.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
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Did You Know?
Jack L. Warner
believed that the scene in which Cody goes berserk in the mess hall after learning of the death of his mother would be too expensive to film and asked Raoul Walsh
to film it in a chapel instead. Walsh, however, realized the dramatic potential of the scene and assuaged Warner's budgetary concerns by shooting it in three hours. See more
The character of "The Reader" is called "Herbert" by Cody in a scene in their cell and by his lawyer during a conversation in the visitors room. Yet when Evans is listening to the police radio broadcast giving the names of the convicts who escaped with Jarrett in the prison break, The Reader's name is given as "Michael Curtin". See more
I'd look good in a mink coat, honey.
You'd look good in a shower curtain.
Spoofed in Hoodwinked!
Five O'Clock Whistle
Music by Josef Myrow
, Kim Gannon
& Gene Irwin
Played on a radio See more