Heroes in Blue (November 7, 1939)

Heroes in Blue
 

Released on November 7, 1939: (running time 55 minutes) Three men in an Irish family get involved with the law, gangsters and murder in this big city crime adventure.

Produced by T.R. Williams

Directed by William Watson

The Actors: Dick Purcell (Terry Murphy), Charles Quigley (Joe Murphy), Bernadene Hayes (Daisy Murphy, Joe's wife), Edward Keane (Frank Moran, racketeer, owner of trucking company), Julie Warren (Kathleen Murphy, Terry's girlfriend), Lillian Elliott (Mrs. Murphy), Frank Sheridan (Mike Murphy, night watchman), Ray Bennett (Blackie Tonato, gunman), Joe Caits (henchman), Davison Clark (Police Captain), Monte Collins (Moe, cabbie), Paul Fix (henchman), Kenneth Harlan (District Attorney Miller), Robert Homans (Police Captain), Lafe McKee (Pete, night watchman)

 

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The Night Watchman’s Two Sons

Frank Sheridan, the father in this cops and gangsters story, was 70 years old when he performed in this story. Although he was in about 400 movies, and on the Broadway stage before movies were invented, there is very little written about his life. Thanks to a U.S. Senate hearing on April 9, 1924, I can tell you more about his off-screen life.

The Senate hearing was titled, “Exploitation of Inventions by Government Employees,” and Frank Sheridan was testifying about his music publishing experiences. Yes, he was a very successful publisher of sheet music in the early 1900’s.

His opening statement begins, “I have been an actor since I was 12 years of age. I have written songs. Twenty-one years ago I went into the music publishing business.” He was 55 years old when he testified, so he would have been 34 years old when he established a publishing company.

His testimony was about a song that was written by Victor Schertzinger, who was a motion picture musical director and later a motion picture director. That song sold virtually nothing for 9 years, but then radio stations began playing the song and it became a hit. Frank Sheridan’s publishing company sold over half a million copies, and it was still selling strong as he testified to the Senate Committee.

Music publishers were demanding that radio stations pay for every song that they played, but Frank Sheridan said that the great success his song had was because of all the air time that the song received on the radio. He considered it to be outstanding free publicity for the song.

In this adventure Frank Sheridan is Mike Murphy, a night watchman in New York City. Mike has two fine Irish boys, Terry and Joseph. Terry is a beat cop and Joe works for a trucking company. Unfortunately, the owner of the trucking company also uses his trucks and his men to steal merchandise from warehouses in the middle of the night – warehouses guarded by night watchman Mike Murphy. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes, Dick Purcell
Bernadene Hayes, Dick Purcell
Charles Quigley
Charles Quigley
Charles Quigley, Al Thompson
Charles Quigley, Al Thompson
Charles Quigley, Bernadene Hayes
Charles Quigley, Bernadene Hayes
Dick Purcell
Dick Purcell
Dick Purcell, Charles Quigley
Dick Purcell, Charles Quigley
Dick Purcell, Davison Clark
Dick Purcell, Davison Clark
Edward Keane
Edward Keane
Edward Keane, Frank Sheridan
Edward Keane, Frank Sheridan
Edward Keane, Ray Bennett
Edward Keane, Ray Bennett
Edward Keane
Edward Keane
Frank Sheridan
Frank Sheridan
Frank Sheridan, Charles Quigley
Frank Sheridan, Charles Quigley
Frank Sheridan, Dick Purcell
Frank Sheridan, Dick Purcell
Frank Sheridan, Dick Purcell
Frank Sheridan, Dick Purcell
Ray Bennett, Charles Quigley
Ray Bennett, Charles Quigley
Frank Sheridan, Lillian Elliott
Frank Sheridan, Lillian Elliott
Frank Sheridan
Frank Sheridan
Frank Sheridan, Lillian Elliott
Frank Sheridan, Lillian Elliott
Frank Sheridan
Frank Sheridan
Joe Caits, Ray Bennett
Joe Caits, Ray Bennett
Julie Warren
Julie Warren
Kenneth Harlan, Monte Collins
Kenneth Harlan, Monte Collins
Lafe McKee, Frank Sheridan
Lafe McKee, Frank Sheridan
Lillian Elliott
Lillian Elliott
Lillian Elliott, Bernadene Hayes
Lillian Elliott, Bernadene Hayes
Lillian Elliott, Julie Warren
Lillian Elliott, Julie Warren
Monte Collins
Monte Collins