The Fighting 69th
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The Fighting 69th
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 O'Brien), is set during World War I. The US 69th division was a national guard contingent comprised of Irish Americans, who fought with the Rainbow Division in the years 1917-1918. Into this Hibernian stronghold comes cocky Jerry Plunkett (Jimmy Cagney), a streetwise tough who is certain that he can lick the Germans single-handedly. But during his first… More

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"Among best of Cagney-O'Brien Warner team-ups, this one set in WWI."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A sentimental recruiting poster account of the famed First World War New York National Guard division of mostly Irish-Americans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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