The Criminal Code
The Criminal Code (1931)

Accused in the murder of a man in self-defense, a youth (Phillips Holmes) is convicted by an attorney (Walter Huston) and then put in prison. The attorney later becomes warden at the same prison, and attempts to befriend the prisoner by… More

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Prison melodrama is stuffy and uninventive, despite good cast.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unsentimental prison drama.

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