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The Fighting 69th (1940)

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Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jerry Plunkett
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Father Duffy
George Brent ...
'Wild Bill' Donovan
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Joyce Kilmer
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Frank McHugh ...
'Crepe Hanger' Burke
Dennis Morgan ...
Lieutenant Ames
Dick Foran ...
Lt. 'Long John' Wynn
William Lundigan ...
Timmy Wynn
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Paddy Dolan
Henry O'Neill ...
The Colonel
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Captain Mangan
Sammy Cohen ...
Mike Murphy
Harvey Stephens ...
Major Anderson
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Private Turner (as DeWolf Hopper)
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"The Fighting 69th" is a First World War regiment of mostly New York-Irish soldiers. Amongst a cocky crew, perhaps the cockiest is Jerry Plunkett, a scrappy fellow who looks out only for himself. The officers and non-coms of the regiment do their best to instill discipline in Plunkett, and the chaplain, Father Duffy, tries to make Plunkett see the greater good, all to no avail. Behind the lines or in the trenches, Plunkett acts selfishly and cowardly, eventually costing the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. A final act of cowardice leads to terrible consequences, but Plunkett sees in them a chance to redeem himself...if only he can. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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chaplain | cowardice | faith | bunker | priest | See more »

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Jammed With Action ! . . Loaded With Excitement ! . . . And Every Thrill-Packed Word Is True !


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27 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Father Duffy of the Fighting 69th  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Actual archived war combat footage was used in the film, as was footage of soldiers marching through the Arch of Triumph. See more »

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After the skirmish in the woods, an "unconscious" German prisoner obligingly stands on his feet prior to being carried back to the American lines. See more »

Quotes

Major 'Wild Bill' Donovan: [to Father Duffy] Well, it's a fortunate thing you're not a *crook!* You could sell the *Brooklyn Bridge* to the *police department!*
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Referenced in The Projectionist (1971) See more »

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Bedelia
Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung by the soldiers in the trench
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It's About Turning a Hood into a Man
23 May 2007 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Hollywood released quite a few films with the Pat O'Brien, Jimmy Cagney pairing with the same general theme, one which I think is unfairly dismissed here as 'cliched'.

In each of these films, Cagney's character was an Irish ghetto hood, full of street values (toughness at all costs... taking, lying, and using ... physical aggressiveness ... resistance to authority or discipline ... contempt for 'chump' 'soft' moral values). He saw Pat O'Brien's character as 'soft' because he was a 'sucker' with all his 'morality' talk.

The redemption came when Cagney's character contrasted Father Duffy's steady courage under fire with his own terror. His street values taught him to respect courage. But he saw that his street values can teach him defiance but not serenity. Serenity comes from moral character and the street cannot teach you that. He saw that there is, as the song goes, more to being a man than just being macho. And there is a courage that has nothing to do with your fists.

That is a very, very important point.


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