The Criminal Code
The Criminal Code (1931)

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… 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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