Making of O'Malley (1925)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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With his masculine, upstanding good looks, Milton Sills was well-cast as a cop in this drama. Jim O'Malley (Sills) is too good a policeman -- he expects everyone to follow the letter of the law and hands out infractions left and right. In the belief that he is too strict, Captain Collins (Claude King) assigns him the job of traffic cop at a school crossing in the hopes that it will soften him up. This does the job -- the children come to love O'Malley and he finds a surgeon to operate on a little lame girl, Margie (Helen Rowland). He also has a romance with pretty schoolteacher Lucille Thayer (Dorothy Mackaill). When O'Malley discovers that Margie is the daughter of Danny (Warner Richmond), a man he sent to prison for bootlegging, he tracks down the rest of the gang. The raid captures them all but the leader, Herbert Browne (Thomas J. Carrigan), who O'Malley discovers is engaged to Lucille. To keep her name from being part of a scandal, he lets Browne go free and opens himself up to disgrace. Danny gets out of prison and fingers Browne himself. O'Malley's reputation is restored, and he wins Lucille.

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bootlegging, father, gangster, good-samaritan, imprisonment, operation, police, revenge, teacher