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Fighting Father Dunne VHS
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April 21, 2009
Format: VHS TapeVerified Purchase
My father was one of Fr. Dunne's boys. He lived with him for at least two years, from 1919. This movie takes place in St. Louis in the first decade of the 20th century. I can't say how much of it is historical fact and how much is Hollywood fiction, but it seems that Hollywood stuck to the basic facts. It is a heartwarming story of Christianity in action, of a priest who saw human need and did something about it, of an urban neighborhood he cajoled and beguiled into helping him. Released from parish duties by Archbishop Glennon, he devoted himself to helping homeless boys, especially newsboys and shoe shine boys, who were living in appalling conditions with no one to protect them.
May 7, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
This story is very similar to Boys Town, but takes place a little earlier & is also a true story. Father Dunne struggles to provide a decent home for poor news boys, getting them off the street & out of trouble, with some dramatic plot twists building to a crime-drama conclusion. The movie is evenly plotted & interesting, and the cast includes some very good actors in addition to Pat O'Brien, like Arthur Shields (The Quiet Man) & Una O'Connor. Even the kids are good actors including Darryl Hickman (The Nanny), and Billy Gray (Father Knows Best), and the supporting cast includes Jason Robards, Raymond Burr, Robert Clarke, Ellen Corby, Frank Ferguson, and Don Haggerty.