The Criminal Code

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theater flyer for The Criminal Code (1931), Howard Hawks’ second sound film.

The Criminal Code

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Howard Hawks made The Criminal Code (1931) after Scarface (1932), but The Criminal Code was released while Scarface was still being held up by the censors.

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one of the inmates has his own code in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931).

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Phillips Holmes has a crowded cell in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931)

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

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the old time prisoner and the prison guard in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931)

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Walter Huston in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931).  Walt was in two other Howard Hawks projects, both uncompleted by Hawks., as he only made the first few scenes of The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), and the first few scenes of The Outlaw (1943).

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inmate Boris Karloff tries to escape in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931).  Boris had already been in Scarface, but it still hadn’t been released.  Boris as Frankenstein would also be soon to come.

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the prisoners will begin to chant “Yeah!” in the courtyard in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931)

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The Criminal Code premiered Dec 31, 1930 in Boston, with a wider release on Jan 3, 1931.  It was Howard Hawks’ tenth film to be released, and his second sound film.  There was no on screen credit for a director.

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the prison warden gets a close shave in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931)

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Walter Huston as prison warden Mark Brady in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931)

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Phillips Holmes and Constance Cummings in a scene from The Criminal Code (1931)

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Phillips Holmes’ stiff sentence involves prison time in a screencap from The Criminal Code (1931)