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The Fighting 69th -- Academy Award winner James Cagney leads an all-star cast in a story of cowardice and courage based on the true-life experiences of Catholic priest.


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Norman Reilly Raine (original screenplay) &
Fred Niblo Jr. (original screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 January 1940 (USA) See more »
Jammed With Action ! . . Loaded With Excitement ! . . . And Every Thrill-Packed Word Is True !
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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Great war movie and superb cast See more (25 total) »


  (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)

Directed by
William Keighley 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (original screenplay) &
Fred Niblo Jr. (original screenplay) and
Dean Riesner (original screenplay)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
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
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)
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min | Finland:84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5756)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 6, 1942, with Pat O'Brien reprising his film role.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Father Duffy:[praying] Almighty God, in Thine infinite mercy grant me, thy servant, the wisdom to guide my young flock through the trials of war. Oh, Father, they're so young. So young and they know so little of life and nothing at all of that terrible and bloody altar towards which they move...See more »
The Infantry, the InfantrySee more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Great war movie and superb cast, 28 August 2006
Author: Pappionn from United States

This World War 1 movie was based on fact which means some of it was Hollywoodized. Done in the old fashioned Hollywwod style with some corny dialogue but overall it packs a great punch due largely in part to one of Jimmy Cagneys greatest roles. He gets you to hate him and love him at the same time. Pat Obrien is perfect as the priest and although a little syrupy and sappy the duo manages to bring a tear to the eye.There are some other great roles including Alan Hale senior. You may remember his son as the skipper on Gilligans Island. There is also a true reference to the famous poet Joyce Kilmer who died in World war 1.You'll like this movie even if you don't like war movies and you'll love it if you do! Get the popcorn and sit back and enjoy!!!!!!!!

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