Convict's Code

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  • 1939
  • 1 hr 2 min
  • 5.4  (278)

Convict's Code is a 1939 crime drama film directed by Lambert Hillyer, starring Robert Kent, Anne Nagel, and Sidney Blackmer. The film revolves around the life of Kent Marlowe (Robert Kent), a young man who is wrongfully accused of murder and receives a life sentence. The film depicts the harsh realities of life within a penitentiary, and the injustices and corruption that occur within the prison system.

The film opens with Kent Marlowe arriving at a maximum-security prison where he meets his cellmate, Pinkie (Joe Downing), a career criminal who offers to be his mentor. Pinkie gives Kent a crash course in prison life, warning him about the unwritten code that must be followed to survive behind bars. Despite Pinkie's guidance, Kent struggles to adapt to his new life in prison, and soon finds himself the target of the sadistic prison guard, Captain Ryan (Sidney Blackmer). Ryan takes pleasure in tormenting the prisoners, and takes a particular interest in Kent. In one scene, Ryan beats Kent mercilessly, leaving him bruised and bleeding on the floor of his cell.

As the film progresses, Kent makes a few allies within the prison, namely the prison doctor, Steve Rogers (Tom Lindgren) and the prison librarian, Sally (Anne Nagel). Steve tries to help Kent by investigating the circumstances of his murder conviction, while Sally offers him emotional support and a glimmer of hope for the future. However, Ryan is not pleased with Kent's growing support network and does everything in his power to keep him from gaining any form of freedom or hope.

The climax of the film comes when Kent discovers a conspiracy among some of the prison staff to smuggle drugs into the prison. Having had enough of the corruption and injustices within the prison system, Kent decides to take action. With the help of Steve and Sally, Kent sets out to expose the corruption and bring down the conspirators.

The film's conclusion sees Kent's case revisited, and he is exonerated of the murder charges that landed him in prison in the first place. As he is released from prison, Kent poses the question, "What about those who are still trapped in prison and didn't get a fair trial? When will they see justice?" The film closes on this thought-provoking note, leaving the audience to contemplate the far-reaching consequences of the injustices that occur within the prison system.

Convict's Code is a compelling and intense film that delves into the dark side of the prison system in America in the late 1930s. The film is well-acted, with standout performances from Robert Kent as the wrongly accused prisoner, and Sidney Blackmer as the sadistic prison guard. The film also features sharp dialogue and some tense action sequences, punctuated by moments of emotional resonance. Overall, Convict's Code is a must-watch for fans of prison dramas and classic crime movies alike.

Convict's Code is a 1939 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 2 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

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    1 hr 2 min
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    5.4  (278)