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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 ... 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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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 »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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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
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Old German Folk Song
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"That guy's brains run with nothing but city ordinances."
16 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien plays an obnoxiously by-the-book policeman who's hated by the people on his beat and not exactly loved by his fellow officers. He's forced to rethink his outlook when a man (Humphrey Bogart) turns to crime to support his family after O'Brien's rigidity inadvertently costs him his job.

Interesting if not wholly successful drama from Warner Bros. O'Brien's character actually reads up on archaic laws just so he can write people tickets for breaking them! That would be bad enough today but imagine doing that at a time when most people didn't have two nickels to rub together. It's got a nice cast and that helps a lot. Any movie with Bogie is worth seeing.


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