The Criminal Code

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

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The Criminal Code

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).

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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.

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Phillips Holmes is on trial in The Criminal Code (1931).  Phllips was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and died at the age of 35 in a plane collision over Ontario, Canada as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force.   Phillips still managed 39 acting credits in his career, from a 1919 uncredited bit, to 1938 when he chose to fight in World War II.

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The warden oversees the inmates in The Criminal Code (1931).  While it may not be a Hawks masterpiece, it is still an overlooked gem with many powerful scenes.

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The Criminal Code (1931) shows on TCM Thursday night at 8 p.m. eastern time, followed later in the evening by Howard Hawks’ original Scarface (1932), and then Brian DePalma’s 1983 remake.

The Criminal Code is Howard Hawks’ 10th film.

The Criminal Code premiered Jan 3, 1931.

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Constance Cummings as Mary Brady, the warden’s daughter in her film debut in The Criminal Code (1931).  Constance was born in Seattle and had 58 acting credits through a 1986 tv movie.  Constance lived to be 95.

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Boris Karloff had already filmed Howard Hawks’ Scarface when he was cast as prison inmate Galloway in The Criminal Code (1931), but because of censorship battles, The Criminal Code was released over a year before Scarface.  After Scarface, Boris also made his first appearance as Frankenstein, and again it was released before.

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The warden’s daughter is in love with one of the warden’s inmates in The Criminal Code (1931) with Phillips Holmes and Constance Cummings.