I Take This Oath

I Take This Oath is a 1940 American crime drama film directed by Sam Newfield, under the pseudonym of Sherman Scott. Featuring Gordon Jones and Joyce Compton, it was the first release by Producers Releasing Corporation. In 1952, Pictorial Films reissued it for television showings as Police Rookie.

I Take This Oath
Film poster
Directed bySam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)
Produced bySigmund Neufeld
Written byGeorge Bricker (writer)
William A. Ullman Jr. (story)
StarringSee below
CinematographyJack Greenhalgh
Edited byHolbrook N. Todd
Distributed byProducers Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • May 20, 1940 (1940-05-20)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


Police officer Mike Hanagan (Robert Homans) attempts to expose a fraudulent official who works with a gang of racketeers, but the official has Hanagan murdered. Hanagan's son Steve (Gordon Jones) decides to avenge his father, and at the suggestion of his girlfriend Betty Casey (Joyce Compton) he joins the police force.

Under the instruction of Daniel Casey (Guy Usher), Betty's father, Steve begins learning how to be an officer. However, as he has become so dedicated to finding his father's murderer, he begins to fall behind on his law studies, and due to his poor grades he is dismissed from the force. Steve believes he has found the clue that points to his friend Joe Kelly's (Craig Reynolds) uncle Jim Kelly (Sam Flint) being the murderer.

When Jim hears that Steve suspects him, he decides that Steve must be killed. A struggle ensues between Steve and Jim, and a bullet is fired at Steve but Joe is hit instead and Steve then shoots Jim. Impressed, Casey returns to allow Steve back onto the police force.


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