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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
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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Beery as the law . . . blasting his way in thundering thrills See more »


Crime | Drama | Family


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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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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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