My Buddy

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Litel is a priest delivering testimony before the Washington Post-War Planning Committee. He talks about his friend Barry and the man's experiences after returning home from World War I, a story we see in flashback. Barry returns from the war, and unable to get a job, is forced to put off his marriage to Roberts. He gets involved in bootlegging and ends...read more

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Litel is a priest delivering testimony before the Washington Post-War Planning Committee. He talks about his friend Barry and the man's experiences after returning home from World War I, a story we see in flashback. Barry returns from the war, and unable to get a job, is forced to put off

his marriage to Roberts. He gets involved in bootlegging and ends up taking a rap for his boss and going to prison where he forms a gang. Upon his release from prison, a gang war erupts and he ends up killing Granach and is then himself killed in a rooftop shootout. The film ends with Litel once

more before the committee, explaining how a note from Barry was left to the priest, begging to tell the veteran's story so this might never happen to another. Classic in its B-movie cliches, this really isn't a bad little film. Like so many of the lower-case features of the times, this one had its

roots in the vehicle of another star and his film: James Cagney and THE ROARING TWENTIES. The plot of the 1939 film is copied fairly well here, right down to the character names for Cagney (Eddie Bartlett) and Barry (Eddie Ballinger). What's more, Barry's physical resemblance to Cagney was

incredible. Being a short, redhaired man with similar facial features, Barry easily could have passed as a brother to the famous star, a similarity Republic studios undoubtedly must have hoped audiences would take to. Songs include: "My Buddy," "Whodunit?" "Waiting for the Evening Mail."

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