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Penal Code

Starring: Regis Toomey & Henry Hall Director: George Melford
An ex-con faces rejection and hardship after he is released from prison.
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Penal Code
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Robert Palmer quietly endures the stone walls and misery of prison, dreaming of the day he can return to his family. Sent up for two years, Palmer hopes to keep his incarceration a secret, so as not to break his mother's heart. His homecoming surpasses his wildest fantasies, and Robert is able to return to his life and his job at the bank. Despite his success, he is plagued by paranoia and afraid of the prejudice he would face as an ex-con. When a bank robbery threatens to expose his past, Palmer is forced into a violent struggle that will either send him back to prison or redeem his name.

The producers of The Penal Code intended it as a cautionary tale to warn children that crime does not pay, painting a grim picture of the horrors of jail and the suffering that all convicts undergo.

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A two year stretch in jail sees Robert Palmer (Regis Toomey) undergoing the stresses and strains any inmate faces. But Palmer also aims to keep his time in prison a secret, mainly so that his mother doesn't find out. Once released he manages to pull himself together and get his life back on track--even returning to the same bank job he occupied before his misfortune. But an explosive incident threatens to send him back from whence he came, leading to a nail-biting finale to THE PENAL CODE.

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Crime | Prison

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Rating 5.0 Penal Code and the Depression Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- July, 8, 2005

Had lots of atmosphere and very invocative of those times - perhaps a tad far-fetched in places but still a very clever story, loaded with early 1930's ambience.

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  • Sales Rank: 2,651
  • UPC: 089218475992
  • Shipping Weight: 0.47/lbs (approx)
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