Fighting 69th, The
The Fighting 69th was filmed in 1940 with James Cagney playing a misfit named Jerry Plunkett and his inability to fit into the unit due to a mixture of bravado and cowardice. Pat O'Brien stars as real life character Father Francis P. Duffy, a military chaplain who attempts to bring out the good side Plunkett. Pat o"Brien speaks to "Wild Bill" Donovan, played by George Brent to give him a chance and keep him in the unit.But over time due to his cowardice it cost the lives of several soldiers including the brothers of Sergeant 'Big Mike' Wynn. When Cagney deserts his patrol that costs the life of Sergeant Joyce Kilmer then the regimental commander "Wild Bill" Donovan orders Plunkett's court-martial. Just before Plunkett's execution for desertion he escapes to the front lines after finding God and saves the life of Sergeant 'Big Mike' Wynn by sacrificing his own jump on top of a grenade.
- Actors: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent, Jeffrey Lynn, Alan Hale Sr., Dick Foran, Dennis Morgan, William Lundigan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Tom Dugan, Frank McHugh, George Reeves
- Directors: William Keighley
The following guns were used in the movie The Fighting 69th: