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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.

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Cast

James Cagney
as Pvt. Jerry Plunkett
Pat O'Brien
as Father Duffy
Jeffrey Lynn
as Sgt. Joyce Kilmer
George Brent
as Maj. Wild Bill Donovan
Alan Hale
as Sgt. Big Mike Wynn
Frank McHugh
as 'Crepe Hanger' Burke
Dennis Morgan
as Lt. Ames
William Lundigan
as Timmy Wynn
Dick Foran
as John Wynn
Henry O'Neill
as The Colonel
John Litel
as Capt. Mangan
Sammy Cohen
as Mike Murphy
Harvey Stephens
as Maj. Anderson
William Hopper
as Pvt. Turner
Tom Dugan
as Pvt. McManus
George Reeves
as Jack O'Keefe
Charles Trowbridge
as Chaplain Holmes
Frank Wilcox
as Lt. Norman
Frank Mayo
as Capt. Bootz
John Harron
as Carroll
Eddie Dew
as Regan
Frank Sully
as Sergeant
James Flavin
as Supply sergeant
Trevor Bardette
as Alabama man
John Arledge
as Alabama man
Frank Melton
as Alabama man
Edmund Glover
as Alabama Man
Edgar Edwards
as Engineer officer
Ralph Dunn
as Medical captain
Arno Frey
as German officer
Roland Varno
as German Officer
Layne Ireland
as Hefferman
Elmo Murray
as O'Brien
Frank Faylen
as Engineer Sergeant
Jerry Fletcher
as Telephonist
Byron Nelson
as Soldier
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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 | Rating: 5/5

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.

April 22, 2007 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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.

July 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

December 16, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

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