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Director:
Writers:
Norman Reilly Raine (original screen play by) &
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Release Date:
27 January 1940 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Jammed With Action ! . . Loaded With Excitement ! . . . And Every Thrill-Packed Word Is True !
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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An Uneasy Peace: The Disappearing War Film
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Jerry Plunkett

Pat O'Brien ... Father Duffy
George Brent ... 'Wild Bill' Donovan
Jeffrey Lynn ... Joyce Kilmer

Alan Hale ... Sgt. 'Big Mike' Wynn
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

John Litel ... Captain Mangan
Sammy Cohen ... Mike Murphy
Harvey Stephens ... Major Anderson

William Hopper ... Private Turner (as DeWolf Hopper)
Tom Dugan ... Private McManus

Frank Wilcox ... Lieutenant Norman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Anderson ... Pvt. Casey (uncredited)
John Arledge ... Second Alabama Man (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... First Alabama Man (uncredited)
Jack Boyle Jr. ... Chuck (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... Tierney (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Wounded Soldier in Parade Car (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Officer at Briefing (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Doctor Giving Inoculations (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Regan (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Medical Captain (uncredited)
Edgar Edwards ... Engineer Officer (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Engineer Sergeant at Cave-In (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Supply Sergeant (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ... Telephonist (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Officer (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... Fourth Alabama Man (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Soldier Watching Fight (uncredited)
John Harron ... Carrol (uncredited)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Healey (uncredited)
Layne Ireland ... Hefferman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... New Recruit (uncredited)
George Kilgen ... Ryan (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Waiter (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Doctor Checking Eyes (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Capt. Bootz (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... Third Alabama Man (uncredited)
Elmo Murray ... O'Brien (uncredited)
Byron Nelson ... Soldier (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... Eddie Kearney (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Major (uncredited)

George Reeves ... Jack O'Keefe (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Moran (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Roland Varno ... German Officer (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Doctor Giving Physicals (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (original screen play by) &
Fred Niblo Jr. (original screen play by) and
Dean Riesner (original screen play by)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
John T. Prout .... technical advisor (as Capt. John T. Prout)
Mark White .... technical advisor
George Boothby .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
90 min | Finland:84 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5756)

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Trivia:
Finnish censorship certificate # 31757 delivered on 27-4-1950.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Major Donovan says to Father Duffy " This isn't just another night hike...this is it". It seems to infer they are going into battle, but they were still in America.See more »
Quotes:
Sergeant Joyce Kilmer:[reading his own poem at the site where many of the men had been buried alive] Perhaps their brave young spirits hear the bugle sing, go to sleep, go to sleep. Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell. Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor; you will not need them any more. Danger's past now at last, go to sleep. And up to Heaven's doorway floats from the wood called Rouge Bouquet...See more »
Soundtrack:
The Infantry, the InfantrySee more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Father Duffy's Regiment, 14 December 2000
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

THE FIGHTING 69th (Warner Brothers, 1940), directed by William Keighley, teams James Cagney and Pat O'Brien for the seventh time on screen. A fine pair of fine Irish actors who were reportedly best friends in real life, they were first united in HERE COMES THE NAVY (1934), which was followed by other military themes such as DEVIL DOGS OF THE AIR and CEILING ZERO (both 1935).

In THE FIGHTING 69th, which is based on a factual presentation of the 69th's war record and set during the World War, features O'Brien in one of his best roles as Father Francis Duffy (an actual character), with Cagney playing Jerry Plunkett (a fictional character) from Brooklyn, NY, who joins the regiment. At first he defies authority and feels the world revolves around him, but when it is time for him to go out and face real combat, he changes his tune after hearing the sounds of bombs, seeing the sight of dead bodies around him, and goes into hysterical outbursts, showing that not only is he just a coward, but the one responsible for the death of several of the men in his company. In true Hollywood tradition, coward redeems himself when given a second chance, thanks to the grace of Father Duffy.

Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, where this war story is shown, comments that THE FIGHTING 69th was one of the biggest money makers of 1940. With an all-star cast of only male performers, it presents Warner Brothers veteran stock players as George Brent, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, Dennis Morgan and Dick Foran, many playing actual men of The Fighting 69th, especially Lynn as famous poet Joyce Kilmer. In spite of it being historically inaccurate, good acting, humorous moments (especially by McHugh) and serious battle scenes make this still worth seeing. Beware of shorter prints. Originally distributed to theaters at 89 minutes, Turner Classic Movies had acquired a latter reissue 79 minute copy that eliminated the introduction of the main actors as shown through scenes/or outtakes from the movie with their faces over the names and their acting roles, along with some early portions of the story, and the closing casting credits. In order to view the complete print from the 1940 print, a 1990s video copy from MGM/UA had to be purchased or rented. After many years of having the 79 minute print presented on TCM, a complete 89 minute copy finally aired Saturday, July 29, 2006. (****)

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