The Fighting 69th
The Fighting 69th (1940)

In this film, set during WWI, the US 69th division was a national guard contingent comprised of Irish Americans. Into this Hibernian stronghold comes cocky Jerry Plunkett. However, during his first taste of real combat, Plunkett turns… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 27, 1940
DVD 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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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