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The Criminal Code


Dir. Howard Hawks. 1931, 97 mins., 35mm print from The Library of Congress. With Walter Huston, Boris Karloff, Constance Cummings. Hawks’s stylistically elegant, colorfully cast prison melodrama stars Walter Huston (whom Hawks called “the greatest actor I ever worked with”) as a prison warden who decides to give a young convict a second chance by hiring him as his valet.

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