The Fighting 69th is a 1940 film, directed by William Keighley. Set in the time of World War I, and based upon the 69th Infantry Regiment. The story follows William Joseph Donovan (George Brent), Joyce Kilmer (Jeffrey Lynn), and most notably Father Francis P. Duffy (portrayed by Pat O'Brien) who attempts to amend troublemaker, Private Jerry Plunkett (James Cagney). Plunkett acts all tough and can throw a punch, but stick him down in the trenches and he's the biggest coward you will have ever seen!
Interesting fact: This unit was the original owner of nickname the "Fighting Irish", which later the University of Notre Dame would officially adopt in 1927.
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