The Fighting 69th

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Sentimental propagandist claptrap recounting the heroic adventures of New York's famous Irish regiment during World War I. With distinct echoes of Angels With Dirty Faces - Cagney's the brash punk knocking the company's traditions until he discovers patriotism, O'Brien's the pious priest giving him guidance - the film is one of its star's most sugary, and therefore most disappointing efforts. Still, he does make the film come alive during a couple of hysterical screaming scenes.

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Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Keighley
Screenwriter: Norman Reilly Raine, Fred Niblo Jr, Dean Franklin
Cast: James Cagney
Pat O'Brien
George Brent
Jeffrey Lynn
Alan Hale
Dennis Morgan
Frank McHugh
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