The Fighting 69th (1940)





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In this film, set during WWI, the US 69th division was a national guard contingent comprised of Irish Americans. Into this Hibernian stronghold comes cocky Jerry Plunkett. However, during his first taste of real combat, Plunkett turns coward and inadvertently reveals the 69th's position.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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James Cagney
as Pvt. Jerry Plunkett
Edmund Glover
as Alabama Man
Wilfred Lucas
as Doctor
Alan Hale
as Sgt. Big Mike Wynn
Pat O'Brien
as Father Duffy
John Litel
as Capt. Mangan
Dennis Morgan
as Lt. Ames
George Brent
as Maj. Wild Bill Donovan
Henry O'Neill
as The Colonel
William Hopper
as Pvt. Turner
Frank McHugh
as 'Crepe Hanger' Burke
Harvey Stephens
as Maj. Anderson
John Arledge
as Alabama man
Sammy Cohen
as Mike Murphy
Frank Faylen
as Engineer Sergeant
George Reeves
as Jack O'Keefe
Dick Foran
as John Wynn
Jeffrey Lynn
as Sgt. Joyce Kilmer
William Lundigan
as Timmy Wynn
Tom Dugan
as Pvt. McManus
Charles Trowbridge
as Chaplain Holmes
James Flavin
as Supply sergeant
John Harron
as Carroll
Trevor Bardette
as Alabama man
Emmett Vogan
as Doctor
Joseph Crehan
as Doctor
Roland Varno
as German Officer
Frank Melton
as Alabama man
Jack Perrin
as Major
Eddie Dew
as Regan
Arno Frey
as German officer
Frank Wilcox
as Lt. Norman
Frank Sully
as Sergeant
Frank Mayo
as Capt. Bootz
Edgar Edwards
as Engineer officer
Byron Nelson
as Soldier
Ralph Dunn
as Medical captain
Jacques Lory
as Waiter
Jerry Fletcher
as Telephonist
Layne Ireland
as Hefferman
Elmo Murray
as O'Brien
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting 69th

All Critics (4)

Among best of Cagney-O'Brien Warner team-ups, this one set in WWI.

March 22, 2008

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.

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2006

A sentimental recruiting poster account of the famed First World War New York National Guard division of mostly Irish-Americans.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Fighting 69th

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.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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Cagney is as always wonderful to watch, adding a softness to the otherwise rough around the edges and rather cowardly character. It's rather predictability and jumbled plotline leaves his characters a little thinner developed than deserved, but Cagney makes up for that.

Lisa Conant
Lisa Conant

An absolutely fantastic film, while riding the slippery slope of being another propaganda film, this movie beams heart and substance all the way through.

Tim Hruszkewycz
Tim Hruszkewycz

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