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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.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

William Rankin (story), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Father Peter J. Dunne
Darryl Hickman ... Matt Davis
Charles Kemper ... Emmett Mulvey
Una O'Connor ... Miss O'Rourke
Arthur Shields ... Mr. Michael O'Donnell
Harry Shannon ... Thomas Lee, Lawyer
Joe Sawyer ... Steve Davis
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mrs. Olaf Knudson
Donn Gift ... Jimmy
Myrna Dell ... Paula Hendricks
Ruth Donnelly ... Kate Mulvey
James Nolan ... Policeman Danny Briggs (as Jim Nolan)
Billy Cummings Billy Cummings ... Tony
Billy Gray ... Chip
Eric Roberts ... Monk
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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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The true story of Father Dunne of St. Louis, who promised his gang of roughneck kids a better deal...and led them into the hearts of fellow townsmen! (original poster) See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Domani saranno uomini See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Monday 12 March 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Tuesday 17 July 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), and in Memphis Tuesday 23 October 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13). See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 DoylenfSee 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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