Criminal Code
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Criminal Code
Howard Hawks' early sound prison melodrama, based on a play by Martin Flavin, already contains his stylistic signature of over-lapping dialogue -- a technique he would greatly expand upon in the next ten years. Walter Huston is district attorney Brady, who quickly convicts Robert Graham (Phillips Holmes) of murdering a man who was harassing his girlfriend. Brady is later made the warden of the prison where Robert is held. Brady tries to make friends with Robert, but Robert will have no dealings with the new warden. Nevertheless, Brady, who thinks Robert is a decent man who became embroiled… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Granted that Howard Hawks's direction is for the most part intelligent and firm, there are occasional sequences which he spoils by extravagant ideas or by leaving too little to the imagination."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Prison melodrama is stuffy and uninventive, despite good cast."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Unsentimental prison drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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