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Sergeant Madden (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Family  |  24 March 1939 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Shaun Madden
Tom Brown ...
Albert 'Al' Boylan, Jr.
Alan Curtis ...
Dennis Madden
Eileen Daly
Fay Holden ...
Mary Madden
'Piggy' Ceders
Marion Martin ...
Charlotte LePage
David Gorcey ...
Punchy LePage
Donald Haines ...
Ben Welden ...
Henchman Stemmy
Etta McDaniel ...
Dove (Madden's maid)
John Kelly ...
Henchman Nero
Horace McMahon ...
Philadelphia (as Horace MacMahon)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Casey (police broadcaster)
Dickie Jones ...
Dennis Madden, as a boy


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Release Date:

24 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Au service de la loi  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Moral dilemmas
13 October 2003 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Wallace Beery's excellent portrayal of a stereotypical Irish-American police officer who is content with his lot as a precinct sergeant. Beery's character totally believes in the police force and the law. Beery is confronted by a rebellious son (Alan Curtis) who is urged into the force to everyone's regret. The son is overtly ambitious and wants more than his father accepted in life. Curtis's character gets sidetracked when he kills a young robbery suspect and in turn is framed and convicted of phony bribery rap. The son goes over the edge and kills a policeman and turns to a life of crime. Wallace's character is forced into the moral dilemma of family or duty. Marc Lawrence is equally good as the underworld hood. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Good discussion on what is the proper role of the policeman: a humanitarian or a bully. Strongly recommended.

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