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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

The Criminal Code

1930 | United States | 97 min
  • Watched on Wednesday Nov 18, 2020 via DVD (2013 | TCM Vault Collection)
    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Howard Hawks’s second sound picture. A competent prison-reform drama that nevertheless feels like a work-for-hire job. Huston’s electric as a former district attorney turned prison warden, but Holmes doesn’t register as the hard-luck protagonist. Ditto Cummings as the love interest. Boris Karloff maximizes his meaty role as a grudge-bearing convict.