Scarface

Boris Karloff is pleased with a new weapon in Scarface (1932)

The Criminal Code

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

The Criminal Code

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.

The Criminal Code

Inmate Boris Karloff takes a hostage against warden Walter Huston in an original publicity still for The Criminal Code (1931).

The Criminal Code

Boris Karloff and Phillips Holmes in The Criminal Code (1931)

The Criminal Code

Boris Karloff in The Criminal Code (1931)

Scarface

Boris Karloff in a scene from Scarface (1932)

Scarface

Boris Karloff is a rival gangster, but he has an X above him, so his days must be numbered in Scarface (1932), a film he made before the first Frankenstein, but released afterward because of censorship battles.

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).

The Criminal Code

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

The Criminal Code

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).

The Criminal Code

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.