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Fighting Father Dunne (1948)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Crime | 12 May 1948 (USA)
In 1905, a crusading priest tries to help poor newsboys.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

William Rankin (story), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Father Peter J. Dunne
Darryl Hickman ... Matt Davis
Charles Kemper ... Emmett Mulvey
Una O'Connor ... Miss O'Rourke
Arthur Shields ... Mr. Michael O'Donnell
Harry Shannon ... Thomas Lee, Lawyer
Joe Sawyer ... Steve Davis
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mrs. Olaf Knudson
Donn Gift ... Jimmy
Myrna Dell ... Paula Hendricks
Ruth Donnelly ... Kate Mulvey
James Nolan ... Policeman Danny Briggs (as Jim Nolan)
Billy Cummings Billy Cummings ... Tony
Billy Gray ... Chip
Eric Roberts ... Monk
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Storyline

St. Louis, 1905: Parish priest Father Dunne becomes aware of the plight of the city's newsboys, living on pennies and often homeless, and resolves to help them. Through inspired finagling and the gift of the blarney, he organizes a sort of "co-op" orphanage for increasing numbers of boys. Then he's faced with the tougher problem of stopping the escalating violence in inter-paper rivalry for "good corners"... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true story of Father Dunne of St. Louis, who promised his gang of roughneck kids a better deal...and led them into the hearts of fellow townsmen! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Domani saranno uomini See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Monday 12 March 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Tuesday 17 July 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), and in Memphis Tuesday 23 October 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13). See more »

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Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

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I've Got Rings On My Fingers
Written by Robert P. Weston, Fred J. Barnes, and Maurice Scott
Performed by Myrna Dell, James Nolan, and cast
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pat Obrien in feel good film.
10 August 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

All american Pat O'brien is Father Dunne, who wants to help the local city boys. Darryl Hickman is Matt, in a flashback, telling the story of newsboys, trying to make a living. Darryl was the brother of Dwayne, both very successful in hollywod. When the newsboys are sick and down on their luck, father Dunne somehow gets them a doctor and the necessary medications. somehow. it's all tongue in cheek, with god (and father Dunne) on the side of good. he finds a home, and furniture, and food... all on credit of course. but the neighbors are willing to go along for a priest. fun (older) character actor Una O'Connor as Miss ORourke. it's pretty good... all according to formula. no big surprises her, but pretty good. a feel good film from RKO. Directed by Ted Tetzlaff. nominated for Talk of the Town, six years earlier.


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