Release dateMarch 14, 1941 (1941-03-14) Based onRoost
by Martin Berkeley WriterHarry Ruskin (screenplay), John C. Higgins (screenplay), Martin Berkeley (based on a play by) ScreenplayJohn C. Higgins, Harry Ruskin CastEdward Arnold (Martin 'Stuff' Nelson), Lionel Barrymore ('Grandpop' Logan), Marsha Hunt (Katherine Logan), Robert Sterling (Edward McCormick), Gene Reynolds ('Roosty'), Emma Dunn ('Ma' McCormick) Similar moviesSpirited Away, 2 Guns, Babe: Pig in the City, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Gangs of New York
TaglineFind the Blonde and Get the Gangster!
The Penalty is a 1941 American crime film directed by Harold S. Bucquet and written by Harry Ruskin and John C. Higgins. The film stars Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Marsha Hunt, Robert Sterling, Gene Reynolds and Emma Dunn. The film was released on March 14, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
A gangster hires men to do some work, states they are going to the bank, then holds up the bank (unknownst to the workers). The gangster, "Stuff" Nelson, leaves the workers wondering what happened.
A 16-year-old boy visits his father's girlfriend, who loves furs. Roosty loves his father, who is a gangster and does not think twice about shooting people. At a cabin in the woods, there is a shootout and the girlfriend is killed. Roosty, the boy, is captured and sent to reform school. He is later sent to live with a family on a farm and has a hard time adjusting, but comes to love and care about the family.
Stuff Nelson is able to locate his boy. The family tries to talk him out of leaving. The boy finally stands up to Stuff and refuses to leave. Stuff is immediately shot by the police.