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The Penalty (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 14 March 1941 (USA)
The son of a murderer is entangled in his father's crimes and is sentenced to a rehabilitive farm, where he learns a new way of life.

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

Harry Ruskin (screenplay), John C. Higgins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... Martin 'Stuff' Nelson
Lionel Barrymore ... 'Grandpop' Logan
Marsha Hunt ... Katherine Logan
Robert Sterling ... Edward McCormick
Gene Reynolds ... 'Roosty'
Emma Dunn ... 'Ma' McCormick
Veda Ann Borg ... Julie
Richard Lane ... Craig
Gloria DeHaven ... Anne Logan
Grant Mitchell ... Judge
Phil Silvers ... Hobo
Warren Ashe Warren Ashe ... Jay
William Haade ... Van
Ralph Byrd ... Brock
Edgar Barrier ... Burns
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The son of a murderer is entangled in his father's crimes and is sentenced to a rehabilitive farm, where he learns a new way of life.

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Taglines:

Find the Blonde and Get the Gangster!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El castigo See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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You will see the police use the Thompson Submachine Gun 1928 model with the 50 round drum magazine and the bad guys using the BAR-Browning Automatic Rifle. Bonnie and Clyde are famous for using the BAR, which unlike the Thompson which uses a pistol round, the BAR uses a rifle round with extreme penetrating power. See more »

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When Rootsy pulls the black car over after crossing the bridge, reflections of multiple studio lights can be seen on the car's highly polished door. See more »

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"The Penalty" - Wake Up & Watch This 1941 Sleeper
10 April 2012 | by xtine926See all my reviews

When selecting old movies to record, the number of stars listed by the cable company often has a bearing on these choices. However, even though "The Penalty" was showing only two stars, the entire film belies this underestimated rating.

Beyond the natural ambiance of a black-and-white flick from 1941, this movie unfolds gradually, and culminates with a somewhat riveting climax, so it's certainly worth more than a mere two stars.

Edward Arnold, an often overlooked actor from film's early days, portrays a superb sampling of the ultimate bad guy. The one aspect of his character that makes him human is his relationship with his teenage son, a role brilliantly played by Gene Reynolds.

Add a dash of Lionel Barrymore as a crusty old farmer, and a smattering of sizzling young Robert Sterling, and you have created the recipe for a delicious old flick that will hold your attention and dangle in your thoughts like the aftertaste of a delectable dessert.

This film is definitely worth the investment of 80 minutes of viewing time.


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