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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.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Milton Krims (screen play), Tom Reed (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... James Aloysius O'Malley
Sybil Jason ... Barbara Phillips
Humphrey Bogart ... John Phillips
Ann Sheridan ... Judy Nolan
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Phillips (as Frieda Inescourt)
Donald Crisp ... Captain Cromwell
Henry O'Neill ... Attorney for the Defense
Craig Reynolds ... Motorist
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Pinky Holden
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Doctor
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. O'Malley
Mabel Colcord Mabel Colcord ... Mrs. Flaherty
Frank Sheridan ... Father Patrick
Lillian Harmer ... Miss Taylor
Delmar Watson Delmar Watson ... Tubby
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Making of O'Malley See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Connections

Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Coney Island
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Whistled by William J. O'Brien in the hospital zone
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A truly appalling movie
15 June 2000 | by snowy-9See 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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