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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

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Captain Cromwell: [to Pinky Holden about O'Malley] Why pick on one policeman because he's so dumb, he thinks he can run the whole world on a police manual?
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Connections

Version of The Making of O'Malley (1925) 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 chance for Bogart to show some versatility...
14 April 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"The Great O'Malley," directed by William Dieterle, was Bogart's second film with Pat O'Brien, a man he deeply respected as a person and as an actor… In this very predictable movie, O'Brien was a too zealously cop whose attachment to the letter of the law alienates friends as well as enemies…

Bogart was an honest family man who was forced to turn to crime in order to provide for his family after O'Brien arrested him for a minor offense and caused him to lose a job opportunity…

Bogart had an excellent chance to show some versatility by turning from his earlier carefree attitude into one of frustration and bitter hatred, and he carried it off rather effectively…


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