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Heroes in Blue (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 November 1939 (USA)
Gangster Moran gives Joe Murphy several thousand dollars to bet on a horse race, the horse wins and Joe takes off with the money. Moran informs Mike Murphy, Joe's father, that no harm will ... See full summary »

Director:

William Watson

Writers:

Charles Williams (screenplay) (as C.B. Williams), Charles Williams (story "Detective First Class") (as C.B. Williams) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ... Terry Murphy
Bernadene Hayes ... Daisy
Charles Quigley ... Joe Murphy
Frank Sheridan ... Mike Murphy
Edward Keane ... Moran
Julie Warren ... Kathleen
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mrs. Murphy
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Gangster Moran gives Joe Murphy several thousand dollars to bet on a horse race, the horse wins and Joe takes off with the money. Moran informs Mike Murphy, Joe's father, that no harm will come to Joe if Mike doesn't interfere with the robbing of stores on his beat. Joe's policeman brother, Terry Murphy, learns of the plot and sets out to free his father and brother of Moran's threats. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Murder after midnight on deserted streets!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esclavos del deber See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Chicago Sunday 17 April 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Los Angeles 31 May 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Monday 12 June 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Murphy family values
13 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Murphys of Heroes In Blue are closer to the old sod than the Reagans of Blue Blood. But I think these two Irish American police families probably have a lot in common though God knows the Murphys haven't disregarded the brogue.

One episode of Blue Bloods probably costs twice as much as this no frills programmer from Monogram did back in 1939. Frank Sheridan is retired and doing private security work in the warehouse district in Hell's Kitchen and he and Lillian Elliott raised two sons, Dick Purcell who's on the police force and Charles Quigley who works for a trucking company headed by Edward Keane.

But the company is a blind for a man with his fingers in a lot of rackets. One of them is fixing horse races and when Quigley fails to get down a bet for Keane that sets in motion a series of events that leads to tragedy for the Murphys.

This is Monogram from Sam Katzman so don't expect much. But between the bad editing and lack of direction this is not too bad a film coming out of that poverty schlock factory. It's a decent story and even Sheridan's brogue rings true.

Worse has come from Monogram.


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