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Fighting Father Dunne (1948)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Crime | 12 May 1948 (USA)
In 1905, a crusading priest tries to help poor newsboys.

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Matt Davis
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Miss O'Rourke
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Mr. Michael O'Donnell
Harry Shannon ...
Thomas Lee, Lawyer
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Steve Davis
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Mrs. Olaf Knudson
Donn Gift ...
Jimmy
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Paula Hendricks
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Kate Mulvey
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Policeman Danny Briggs (as Jim Nolan)
Billy Cummings ...
Tony
Billy Gray ...
Chip
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Storyline

St. Louis, 1905: Parish priest Father Dunne becomes aware of the plight of the city's newsboys, living on pennies and often homeless, and resolves to help them. Through inspired finagling and the gift of the blarney, he organizes a sort of "co-op" orphanage for increasing numbers of boys. Then he's faced with the tougher problem of stopping the escalating violence in inter-paper rivalry for "good corners"... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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This is His Real-Life Story (original poster) See more »


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12 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Domani saranno uomini  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

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I've Got Rings On My Fingers
Written by Robert P. Weston, Fred J. Barnes, and Maurice Scott
Performed by Myrna Dell, James Nolan, and cast
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A minor melodrama with standard priest role for O'Brien...
22 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

PAT O'BRIEN has all the Irish charm and blarney to play a priest who can fast talk his way out of any situation with consummate ease--and it's the sort of role he could have played in his sleep by the time he made FIGHTING FATHER DUNNE.

The storyline sounds like a recap of BOY'S TOWN--without the extra punch supplied by an above ordinary script--so the film plugs along without much steam, folksy but predictable and full of stereotyped child actors playing newspaper boys. DARRYL HICKMAN is the most prominent among them but can't do too much with his role as the most troublesome one who can't be reformed by the good intentions of Father Dunne.

It's a strictly minor entry in O'Brien's career which was starting to go on the skids in the late '40s and played the lower half of a double bill when released in 1948 without much notice from critics or the public.


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