Mary Poppins Returns
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Among best of Cagney-O'Brien Warner team-ups, this one set in WWI.
The Fighting 69th...may become a gushy tearjerker by its end, but you can't argue that its heart isn't in the right place.
In one of his few war films, Cagney displays his "specialty" of explosive energy, as a despicable Irishman, who initially sneers at the regiment's traditions but then learns the hard way the mistakes of his cowardice and irresponsibility.
A sentimental recruiting poster account of the famed First World War New York National Guard division of mostly Irish-Americans.
This film is weird. Cagney is a brawler who becomes a coward in the face of war and gets half of his battalion killed. He finds religion, kills a bunch of Germans and redeems himself. It's Cagney so it's enjoyable, but you don't like his character and you never root for him. Very strange.
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