The Great O'Malley

The Great O'Malley

Pat O'Brien
Director: William Dieterle Cast: Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
, Sybil Jason
Sybil Jason
, Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
William Dieterle


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In this drama, Pat O'Brien plays James O'Malley, a tough, by-the-book policeman who is so unbending on any minor infraction of the law that he even gives his own mother a ticket for jaywalking. When newspaper reporter Pinky Holden (Hobart Cavanaugh) writes an article making fun of O'Malley's obsession with order, Capt. Cromwell (Donald Crisp), the Chief of Police, demotes the officer to a crossing guard. In his first day on the job, O'Malley, true to form, gives John Phillips (Humphrey Bogart) a ticket for the broken muffler on his rattletrap car. Phillips is in dire financial straits; he's been out of work for some time, and has both a wife (Frieda Inescort) and a handicapped daughter, Barbara (Sybil Jason), to support. O'Malley takes so long writing out his ticket for Phillips that when he finally arrives at work, he's fired. Desperate for cash, Phillips tries to hock his war medals, but a disagreement with the pawnbroker leads to a fight, and after knocking him out, Phillips takes all his money. Phillips is arrested by O'Malley for his faulty muffler around the same time that Barbara wanders into traffic and is seriously injured by a motorist. Eventually, O'Malley puts the pieces together and realizes the terrible toll his unwillingness to compromise has taken on Phillips and his family.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
UPC: 0883316636879
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 30,759

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat O'Brien James Aloysius O'Malley
Sybil Jason Barbara Phillips
Humphrey Bogart John Phillips
Frieda Inescort Mrs. Phillips
Ann Sheridan Judy Nolan
Donald Crisp Capt. Cromwell
Henry O'Neill Attorney for Defense
Mary Gordon Mrs. O'Malley
Mabel Colcord Mrs. Flaherty
Frank Sheridan Father Patrick
Lillian Harmer Miss Taylor
Delmar Watson Tubby
Frank Reicher Dr. Larson
Arthur Millett Detective
Jack Mower Actor
Bob Perry Man Getting Shine
Max Wagner Bus Driver
Charles Wilson Cop
Hobart Cavanaugh Pinky Holden
Craig Reynolds Motorist
Gordon Hart Doctor

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald Beaumont Original Story
Harry Joe Brown Producer
James Gibbon Special Effects
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Fred Jackman Special Effects
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Warren Low Editor
Tom Reed Screenwriter
Hugh Reticker Art Director
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer

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