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) (as William A. Ulman Jr.), (screenplay)
Reviews
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Beery's Back In "Big House" Thrills ! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Au service de la loi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Trowbridge replaced George Irving as the Commissioner for the retakes. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sergeant Madden (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?