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36 Ratings

The Criminal Code

Directed by Howard Hawks
United States, 1931
Crime, Drama


A convict trying to reform is torn between conflicting loyalties when he witnesses a murder behind bars.

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The Criminal Code Directed by Howard Hawks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1931 | Nominee: Best Writing, Adaptation

Critics reviews

Stylistically, it comes across as both a rich exercise in the registers of late silent film . . . and a busy workshop in which many of the director’s subsequent traits are being hammered out. The overlapping dialogue of the opening scene, and the no less characteristic running gag which derives from it . .. offer a neat introduction to the film’s acute sense of moral relativity.
October 01, 1984
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