Penitentiary (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

Penitentiary (1938)





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In this drama, a knock off of 1931's Criminal Code, tells the tale of a district attorney who is hired to become a prison warden. At his new post, he soon encounters a man she convicted. When his own daughter falls in love with the inmate, more trouble follows.


Walter Connolly
as Dist. Atty. Thomas Mathews
John Howard
as William Jordan
Jean Parker
as Elizabeth Mathews
Marc Lawrence
as Jack Hawkins (uncredited)
Robert H. Barrat
as Capt. Grady
Paul Fix
as Punch
Marjorie Main
as Katie Mathews
John Gallaudet
as State's Attorney
Edward Van Sloan
as Dr. Reinewulf
Ann Doran
as Blanche Williams
Dick Elliott
as McNaulty
Charles Halton
as Leonard Nettleford
Ward Bond
as Prison Barber
Stanley Andrews
as Capt. Dorn
Lester Dorr
as Reporter
William Arnold
as Fingerprint Man
Lee Prather
as Sergeant
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All Critics (1)

The final impression left by Penitentiary is that life in prison isn't much fun, and pictures about life in prison aren't much fun either.

October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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