Convict’s Code

A star football player is framed for a bank robbery he did not commit, by a wealthy businessman who had a big bet on the opposing team. The player gets out of the clink on parole, and sets about finding out who framed him, unknowingly getting work with the guy who framed him, and gets involved with the younger sister of the businessman.

Like many B-grade films at the time, this one packed a lot of story into only 62 minutes. Unfortunately though, the acting was only average, the dialogue was dull, and there were few thrills. For a 1939 film though the picture and sound quality were both very good, or at least the conversion to YouTube was a good one.

The actors in this all had good careers, but never made it into big films, and actually the actors playing the football player and his love interest both died relatively young. There was an older actress who was the comic relief for the film, and was the highlight of the acting. She played a landlady who was mostly complaining, and didn’t really care about anything, just as long as she got paid $3 a month for the room she was renting. You can see her first scene here.

Like all old films this is interesting to watch because of the times. The cars were big and rounded, people dressed very dapper and even when in a hurry had to grab their hat on the way out, there was no swearing at all, and you always shot your heater from the hip.

This is not essential watching, but I can’t help liking old films. And I was marvelling throughout the film that when this was filmed my grandfather was in his early twenties, and probably training as a mechanic in the air force.

Date watched: December 17th
Score: 5/10
Film count 2016: 197


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