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I Take This Oath (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 20 May 1940 (USA)
The trials and tribulations of a group of newly sworn-in police officers.

Director:

Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)

Writers:

William A. Ullman Jr. (original story), George Bricker (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gordon Jones ... Steve Hanagan
Joyce Compton ... Betty Casey
Craig Reynolds ... Joe Kelly
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Insp. Tim Ryan
Veda Ann Borg ... Flo
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Eileen Hanagan
Robert Homans ... Mike Hanagan
Sam Flint ... Uncle Jim Kelly
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Police Captain Casey
Brooks Benedict ... Burly
Edward Peil Sr. ... Police Sergeant Riley
Budd Buster ... Jones
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Storyline

Steve Hannigan, joins the police force as a rookie after his father, a veteran policeman, has been murdered by a bomb placed by racketeers. Steve intends to find the gang-leader responsible for his father's death. He frequents gangster hangouts, searching for a clue, and starts to neglect his Police-school classes, where he is training under the supervision of his sweetheart's father, Captain Casey. He temporarily loses his police badge, but continues his quest. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Romantic and Exciting Melodrama of the Metropolitan "Rookie" Bluecoats

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Rookie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 16 April 1945 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Baltimore it first aired Sunday 1 August 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Detroit Sunday 9 January 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Saturday 5 February 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Dayton Tuesday 29 March 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13) in Chicago Saturday 18 June 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), and in Atlanta Wednesday 29 June 1949 on WSB (Channel 8). See more »

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Corny in the extreme
23 November 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

First: I would never call this a film noir. It's a lackluster movie about police officers and criminals. It came out several years after its genre had died off.

The officer father of the hero speaks with a thick brogue. His loving wife never gets out of the kitchen unless she's at church.

Joyce Compton is the female lead. She plays a police officer's daughter in love with the main character. She got lots of work but was immortalized as Dixie Belle Lee in "The Awful Truth." Here, she wears bangs and has plucked eyebrows, a la Claudette Colbert. There are several reaction shoots of her that seem spliced in.

The movie has several goofs. In one, a b-girl sidles onto a bar stool. She's meant to be hot stuff. And indeed, she is played by the always attractive, often naughty Veda Ann Borg. But her behind seems to bang into the edge of the stool before she alights atop it. I suspect this was shot in one take.

If the print were better, it might be worth watching. But it is undistinguished. The acting never gets beyond adequate. And the plot holds few surprises.


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