Heroes in Blue (November 7, 1939)
Released on November 7, 1939: Three men in an Irish family get involved with the law, gangsters and murder in this big city crime adventure.
Directed by William Watson
Written by Charles Williams and Charles W. Curran.
The Actors: Dick Purcell (Terry Murphy), Charles Quigley (Joe Murphy), Bernadene Hayes (Daisy), Edward Keane (Moran), Julie Warren (Kathleen), Lillian Elliott (Mrs. Murphy), Frank Sheridan (Mike Murphy, night watchman), Ray Bennett (Blackie Tonato), Joe Caits (henchman Benny), Davison Clark (unknown), Monte Collins (Moe, cabbie), Paul Fix (henchman), Kenneth Harlan (Police Detective Miller), Robert Homans (Police Captain), Lafe McKee (night watchman).
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All in the Family
Crime stories in the big city are always exciting when the cops battle the gangsters, and this one has a more twisted plot than most, with the cops and gangsters all in one family. I have a couple of questions for you to answer in your own mind before you watch, and then watch to see if you are correct. Frank Sheridan is papa Murphy, a night watchman in the warehouse district. He has two fine young sons, Terry and Joe . . . Terry is a ramrod straight cop and his brother Joe is a hot-shot man about town who has lots of money and gangster friends. One day Joe's gangster boss gives Joe a bundle of money with instructions to bet it all on a particular horse. Joe flubs it and fails to get the bet placed on time, and the horse wins, so his boss will expect the winnings. Joe is in a cold sweat knowing that his boss will not accept anything less than his winnings paid in full. In desperation Joe puts the money on a horse in the next race that he thinks will win, but the horse loses, and Joe is really in a jam. Joe wants to leave town so the boss won't kill him, but Blackie, one of the gangsters sent to watch over Joe tries to bring Joe back to the boss by force. They struggle, a gun goes off, and Blackie is dead on the floor. If you thought Joe was in trouble before, now he is really behind the eight ball, and goes into hiding. So the cops, including his brother Terry, are looking for him, along with the gangster boss who wants his money. Here is the first thing for you to predict: Papa Murphy, the night watchman in the warehouse district, goes to the gangster boss to find Joe, and the gangster boss tells him that if he gets his ten grand he won't try to find and kill Joe. Papa Murphy doesn't have ten grand, but the gangster tells him if he will turn his back while his boys rob the warehouse on his beat, the gangster will forgive the debt. Will good Irish papa Murphy, night watchman with one policeman son and one slick operator son go along with the gangster or tell him to shove it where the sun don't shine? Next question, before you watch, is this: Mama Murphy has a heart incident and is in a hospital bed in sad shape. Both boys arrive to visit sick mom. Will policeman Terry try to arrest brother Joe while his mama lays in a hospital bed watching? There are plenty more fascinating twists and turns in this family crime adventure, and when the lead starts to fly near the end, not everyone will survive. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled on top and enjoy the show.
Bernadene Hayes and Dick Purcell
Bernadene Hayes pleads with Julie Warren for help hiding Joe Murphy
Charles Quigley and Bernadene Hayes
Charles Quigley at breakfast with Lillian Elliott
Dick Purcell and Charles Quigley in mom's hospital room
Dick Purcell and Robert Homans
Dick Purcell arrests Charles Quigley
Dick Purcell is Terry Murphy, new cop in town
Edward Keane and Ray Bennett
Edward Keane as Moran, the gangster boss
Edward Keane in Heroes in Blue
Frank Sheridan and Charles Quigley at the breakfast table
Frank Sheridan and Dick Purcell walking towards the warehouse that the gangsters are robbing
Frank Sheridan and Dick Purcell in Heroes in Blue
Frank Sheridan and Lillian Elliott as Pop and Mom Murphy
Frank Sheridan is Mike Murphy, night watchman in the warehouse district
Joe Caits is questioned by Kenneth Harlan
Joe Cates and Ray Bennett in Heroes in Blue
Julie Warren and Lillian Elliott in Heroes in Blue
Julie Warren as Daisy, Terry's girlfriend
Kenneth Harlan questions Joe Caits about the murder
Lafe McKee and Frank Sheridan walk their warehouse beat
Lillian Elliott as Mom Murphy in Heroes in Blue
Lillian Elliott and Bernadene Hayes
Monte Collins as Moe the taxi driver watches the struggle for the gun
Ray Bennett and Charles Quigley watch the horse race