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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 ... 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

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Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rise of the O'Malleys 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

Judy Nolan: Can't you understand? It's not only Phillips, it's a whole parade of Phillipses and Barbaras, and Heaven knows how many Mrs. Phillipses. You're not a human being; you're a machine. You're right; you're always right! That's what's wrong with you!
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Connections

Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Hänschen klein
(uncredited)
Old German Folk Song
Sung by the children
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Touching Tale of Personal Change
21 February 2001 | by movieblueSee all my reviews

This film is about an above the board policeman who learns that having a little heart along with the necessity to do what is right goes a long way. Bogart is playing a small but significant role as the well meaning every day Joe that gets caught up in the circumstances of poverty. Still the show is all O'Brien's as we see him go through a range of emotions from start to finish. Worth watching.


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