The Fighting 69th
The Fighting 69th (1940)

Officially, America had no intention of entering the Second World War in 1940: Why, then, were there so many "preparedness" pictures like The Fighting 69th? This film, based on the experiences of military priest Father Duffy (Pat… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Steve Crum

Among best of Cagney-O'Brien Warner team-ups, this one set in WWI.

Dennis Schwartz
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A sentimental recruiting poster account of the famed First World War New York National Guard division of mostly Irish-Americans.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The Fighting 69th...may become a gushy tearjerker by its end, but you can't argue that its heart isn't in the right place.

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Emanuel Levy

In one of his few war films, Cagney displays his "specialty" of explosive energy, as a despicable Irishman, who initially sneers at the regiment's traditions but then learns the hard way the mistakes of his cowardice and irresponsibility.

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cody franklin
This film is weird. Cagney is a brawler who becomes a coward in the face of war and gets half of his battalion killed. He finds religion, kills a bunch of… More