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My Buddy (1944)

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67 min | Crime, Drama

Republic, never a company to not try getting ahead of the curve and with writers who could remember the 1930's social conscience WW I vets-returning-home films, made this in mid-1944 (a full year before the end of WW II) as a ...See moreRepublic, never a company to not try getting ahead of the curve and with writers who could remember the 1930's social conscience WW I vets-returning-home films, made this in mid-1944 (a full year before the end of WW II) as a don't-let-it-happen-again sermon. The semi-prologue opening finds Father Jim Donnelly before a post-war planning board in Washington and, as Priests quite often did in 1930 and 1940's films, tells his point-making story in flashback of how WW I vet Eddie Ballinger, shaken by battle experiences anyway, returns home to a job that is no longer there for him and finds "No Help Wanted" signs standing in his way of making an honest living. Despite the pleas from his mother and his sweetheart Lucy Manners, Eddie starts hauling booze for bootlegger Tim Oberta and takes up with entertainer Lola, who eventually betrays him, mainly because she is a one-name character and that's what one-name characters are there for... especially in a movie with the lead playing his 1944 version of Jimmy Cagney in a 1933 Warner's film. Father Jim makes his don't-repeat-the-past point in less than an hour as the hearing committee had also seen and heard the story before. Written by Les Adams See less
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Arnold Manoff (screenplay) | Prescott Chaplin (original story)
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Updated Oct 12, 1944

Release date
Oct 12, 1944 (United States)

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62 cast members
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Don 'Red' Barry
Eddie Ballinger (as Donald Barry) Eddie Ballinger (as Donald Barry)   See fewer
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Lynne Roberts
Lucy Manners Lucy Manners   See fewer
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Alexander Granach
Tim Oberta Tim Oberta   See fewer
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Emma Dunn
Mary Ballinger Mary Ballinger   See fewer
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John Litel
Father Jim Donnelly Father Jim Donnelly   See fewer
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Jonathan Hale
Senator Henry Senator Henry   See fewer
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Joe Devlin
Nicky Piastro Nicky Piastro   See fewer
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Charles C. Wilson
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John Bagni
First Mobster (uncredited) First Mobster (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Baxley
Jim (uncredited) Jim (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Bernard
Salesman (uncredited) Salesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sven Hugo Borg
German Sniper (uncredited) German Sniper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lynton Brent
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Boots Brown
Kid (uncredited) Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Burke
Singer at Convicts' Show (uncredited) Singer at Convicts' Show (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ed Cassidy
Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Noble 'Kid' Chissell
2nd Mobster (uncredited) 2nd Mobster (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roy Darmour
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenne Duncan
Convict (uncredited) Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Earle
Chairman (uncredited) Chairman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Blake Edwards
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Sam Finn
Little Maxey (uncredited) Little Maxey (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ma Manners (uncredited) Ma Manners (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike (uncredited) Mike (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Geary
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Kit Guard
Convict (uncredited) Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Albert (uncredited) Albert (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charlie (uncredited) Charlie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pa Manners (uncredited) Pa Manners (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lawyer (uncredited) Lawyer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Connie Leon
Housekeeper (uncredited) Housekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Linn
Jury Foreman (uncredited) Jury Foreman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Lloyd
Hendricks (uncredited) Hendricks (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Loft
Warden (uncredited) Warden (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom London
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Frank Marlowe
Joe (uncredited) Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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LeRoy Mason
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Robert Middlemass
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Morehead
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Jay Norris
Spots (uncredited) Spots (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Pershing
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Constance Purdy
Woman (uncredited) Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Raymond
2nd Mug (uncredited) 2nd Mug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marshall Reed
2nd Detective (uncredited) 2nd Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Rockwell
Jail Attendent in Shadows (uncredited) Jail Attendent in Shadows (uncredited)   See fewer
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Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Sherwood
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Lee Shumway
Jim (uncredited) Jim (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Steers
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Tommy (uncredited) Tommy (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.1 / 10 | 9 votes