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The Fighting 69th (26-Jan-1940)

Director: William Keighley

Writers: Norman Reilly Raine; Fred Niblo, Jr.; Dean Franklin

Music by: Adolph Deutsch

Keywords: Drama, Action/Adventure, WWI

A big-talking soldier's cowardly behavior causes the deaths of several men in his regiment during WWI; the unit's chaplain, Father Francis Duffy, argues that he should be given a second chance. Entertaining cornball, somewhat stagebound. Actual length of this film is 89 minutes, with some copies cut down to 79.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
George Brent
15-Mar-1899 26-May-1979 The Great Lie
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Tom Dugan
1-Jan-1889 7-Mar-1955 To Be or Not to Be
Dick Foran
18-Jun-1910 10-Aug-1979 The Petrified Forest
Alan Hale, Sr.
10-Feb-1892 22-Jan-1950 The Adventures of Robin Hood
William Hopper
26-Jan-1915 6-Mar-1970 Paul Drake on Perry Mason
John Litel
30-Dec-1892 3-Feb-1972 Two Dollar Bettor
William Lundigan
12-Jun-1914 20-Dec-1975 Men Into Space
Jeffrey Lynn
16-Feb-1909 24-Nov-1995 Home Town Story
Frank McHugh
23-May-1898 11-Sep-1981 The Roaring Twenties
Dennis Morgan
20-Dec-1908 7-Sep-1994 My Wild Irish Rose
Pat O'Brien
11-Nov-1899 15-Oct-1983 Angels with Dirty Faces
Henry O'Neill
10-Aug-1891 18-May-1961 Anchors Aweigh
Guinn Williams
26-Apr-1899 6-Jun-1962 Santa Fe Trail


James Cagney   ...   Jerry Plunkett
Pat O'Brien   ...   Fr. Duffy
George Brent   ...   Wild Bill Donovan
Jeffrey Lynn   ...   Joyce Kilmer
Alan Hale, Sr.   ...   Sgt Wynn ("Big Mike")
Dick Foran   ...   Lt. Wynn ("Long John")
William Lundigan   ...   Timmy Wynn
Frank McHugh   ...   Burke ("Crepe-Hanger")
Dennis Morgan   ...   Lt. Ames
John Litel   ...   Capt. Mangan
Harvey Stephens   ...   Maj. Anderson
Guinn Williams   ...   Paddy Dolan
Henry O'Neill   ...   The Colonel
Sammy Cohen   ...   Mike Murphy
William Hopper   ...   Pvt. Turner
Tom Dugan   ...   Pvt. McManus
Frank Wilcox   ...   Lt. Norman


Review by Anonymous (posted on 7-Jun-2007)

I saw it years ago when I was a young boy. I thought it was so gripping, well acted and told a great story about a bad guy who caused the lives of many of his company in the Great War come back and become a hero. The roles played by Cagney, Brent, and O'Brien were superb. I recommend even for today's young people to show how anyone can redeem themselves if the opportunity occurs.

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