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The Great O'Malley (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 13 February 1937 (USA)
A by-the-book patrolman who cares more about the letter of the law than justice feels guilty when his inflexibility sends a family man to prison.

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Barbara Phillips
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John Phillips
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Mrs. Phillips (as Frieda Inescourt)
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Attorney for the Defense
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Motorist
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Pinky Holden
Gordon Hart ...
Doctor
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Mrs. O'Malley
Mabel Colcord ...
Mrs. Flaherty
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Father Patrick
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Miss Taylor
Delmar Watson ...
Tubby
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Officer O'Malley arrests John Phillips for a traffic violation and costs him a chance at a good job. Phillips has a wife and crippled child, so he commits robbery and O'Malley sends him to prison. After this O'Malley becomes closer to Phillips' family. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A Tale of a Heartless Policeman

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13 February 1937 (USA)  »

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The Making of O'Malley  »

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Quotes

Captain Cromwell: [When O'Malley is in the hospital] There's nothing to good for a good cop.
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Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

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America
(1831) (uncredited)
aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Melody from "God Save the Queen"
Traditional
Words by Samuel Francis Smith
Sung a cappella by the schoolchildren
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A truly appalling movie
15 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

A very predictable, sentimental movie about a pedantic cop whose strict adherence to the letter of the law results in Bogart turning to crime to support his family during the Depression. Of course, as the cop (O'Brien) gradually realises what trail of events his 'efficiency' has sparked, he begins to relax his attitude ....


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