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The Penal Code (1932)





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New York Police Commissioner Mulroney opens Penal Code with a stern warning for parents about keeping the children off the streets and out of gangs. The rest of the film provides a grim example of what could happen if they do not heed him as it tells the tale of a young man's descent into criminalhood and eventually jail. After serving his time, he tries to reform, but finds his bad-reputation clinging to him tartar to a tooth.


Regis Toomey
as Robert Palmer
Helen Cohan
as Marguerite ('Margie') Shannon
Pat O'Malley
as Sergeant Detective W. J. Bender
Robert Ellis
as James Forrester
Virginia True Boardman
as Mrs. Sarah Palmer
Henry Hall
as Mr. Shannon
Leander De Cordova
as Isaac Lewin
John Ince
as Warden
Olin Francis
as McCarthy
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