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Sergeant Madden (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Family | 24 March 1939 (USA)
A highly respected Irish cop is pleased when his son follows him onto the force. Unfortunately, the son is more interested in rewards than in upholding the law. When he shoots a child ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Josef Von Sternberg)

Writers:

(story "A Gun In His Hand") (as William A. Ulman Jr.), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sgt. Shaun Madden
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Albert 'Al' Boylan, Jr.
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Dennis Madden
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Eileen Daly
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Mary Madden
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'Piggy' Ceders
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Charlotte LePage
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Punchy LePage
Donald Haines ...
Milton
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Henchman Stemmy
Etta McDaniel ...
Dove (Madden's maid)
John Kelly ...
Henchman Nero
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Philadelphia (as Horace MacMahon)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Casey (police broadcaster)
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Dennis Madden, as a boy
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Storyline

A highly respected Irish cop is pleased when his son follows him onto the force. Unfortunately, the son is more interested in rewards than in upholding the law. When he shoots a child caught stealing, the others frame him and he is sent to prison where his attitude becomes even worse than before. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Roaring drama strikes New York! Thrill-packed! Action-jammed! As one of Gotham's 'finest" tracks down his killer-son! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Au service de la loi  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Sunday 18 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Saturday 23 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City 23 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 26 September 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Maddening von Sternberg
13 October 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Typical Wallace Beery feature rendered weird and beautiful by von Sternberg direction. Although only Beery gives a good performance -- slower and much more introspective than his usual Long John Silver of this era --the von Sternberg visual touches -- the odd camera angle that brings out the lines on Beery's face, or the macrame drapes that cast shadows on the juveniles -- make this a deeply disturbing movie, like Tarrantino directing an episode of Sesame Street.


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