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Sergeant Madden

Sergeant Madden(1939)

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The title of William A. Ulman, Jr.'s unpublished story was A Gun in His Hand. This was Josef von Sternberg's first credit as a director in the United States since the 1936 Columbia film The King Steps Out. In 1938, Sternberg began directing the M-G-M film I Take This Woman, but was removed before he could finish the film (see entry above). According to modern sources, Sternberg also directed portions of the M-G-M 1938 film The Great Waltz. The Film Daily review refers to actress Laraine Day as Laraine Johnson, a name that she used earlier in her career but had changed after signing her M-G-M contract. When this film was released in 1939, it was her first official billing as Laraine Day. She was also billed as Laraine Day in I Take This Woman, which began production in 1938, but was not released until 1940. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Charles Trowbridge replaced George Irving in the role of the Police Commissioner when retakes were required.