The Criminal Code

The Criminal Code (1931) holds up quite nicely as an entertainment in the 21st century, much better than most films from 1931.   Howard Hawks had the magic touch.   Even his four weak films all have terrific highlights.

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The Criminal Code

Yeah, Yeah, the inmates repeat Yeah, mocking warden Walter Huston in The Criminal Code (1931).

The Criminal Code

Boris Karloff as convict Galloway in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931).

The Criminal Code

Letting convict Boris Karloff give you a close shave is never a good idea, in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931).

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the warden questions one of the inmates about having an affair with his daughter in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931), Howard Hawks’ second sound film.

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Howard Hawks in the upper left hand corner directing a prison scene from The Criminal Code (1931), his second sound film to be released.

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It’s a risky idea to let convict Boris Karloff give you a shave in The Criminal Code (1931).

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The convicts respond to warden Walter Huston with a loud chorus of YEAHs.

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Warden Walter Huston tells it straight to convict Phillips Holmes in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931) who happens to be Huston’s daughter’s boyfriend.

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Boris Karloff is ready for his close up as convict Galloway in The Criminal Code (1931).  Boris had already made Scarface (1932) with Howard Hawks, but The Criminal Code was released first.  In between the two Haws films, Boris was seen for the first of three times as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931).

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The Criminal Code (1931) was Howard Hawks’ first film at Columbia Studios. His biggest success at the studio was His Girl Friday (1940).

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Phillips Holmes and Constance Cummings are sweethearts in The Criminal Code (1931).

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father gets close to his daughter with daughter’s boyfriend behind the door in a publicity still for The Criminal Code (1931)

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Phillips Holmes as convict Robert Graham comes before Walter Huston as Warden Brady in The Criminal Code (1931).

The Criminal Code

The Criminal Code (1931) was Howard Hawks’ first film for Columbia studios.  He would have big success there with two Cary Grant films, Only Angels Have Wings and His Girl Friday.  She defied the moral code by falling in love with an inmate.