CHAPLAIN TO THE FORCES
The Fighting 69th
VATHER Duffy was a hero of the last war. • He was chaplain to the famous Irish
American regiment— " The Fighting 69th," and his name will live as tong as the regiment. No waiting behind the lines for Father Dully—he was as near to the enemy aguns as he could get and his valour and heroism were an inspiratior to the lads who were under his charge.
This picture is dedicated to hmi and Pat O'Brien has the honour of depicting him. Joyce Kilmer, the Catholic port, who died in action and who fought with the 69th, also appaars in the arm and Jeffrey Lynn plays the part.
James Cagney, who is said to be a student and thinker in private life, gives a clever performance of a truculent soldier whose bravado hides the soul of a terrified boy. Is is Father Duffy's example that at last jerks him Out of his fear and sets him on the road to regeneration.
piRED Astaire's co-stars may come and go, • hut he goes on dancing like a virtuoso and looking like someonc who has no one to care for him. That is the secret of his perennial appeal.
Paulette Goddard partners him in the dance and it is just had luck for her and all the other brunettes who have followed Ginger Rogers, that the first fine, careless rapture can never be quite regained. Too bad.
Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It
LIORDON Harker as a great time rounding up a Fifth Column whose tentacles stretch from a dentist's surgery to the sorting van of the night mail. Barmaids, heads of boys' schools, sorters, are among the infamous Fifths and if one were to take this sort of thing seriously Heaven alone knows whom we might he suspecting next. A disclaimer at the beginning of the film assures us that no " naaturtiums " are cast oil anybody—it is just one of the airy flights of fancy by the Hornleigh begetter. And very good fun it is, with Harker at his best. Alistair Sim at his goofiest and Scotland Yard romping home with the goods.
One of the best sequences—Gordon teaching a history class—and leading them from a desultory lesson on the Repeal of the Corn Laws to a lively and active interest in sleuth lore. His technique whether stage or screen, is always superb.