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The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance | 15 September 1948 (USA)
Following American reporter Stephen Fitzgerald from Ireland to New York, a grateful leprechaun acts as the newsman's servant and conscience.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Philip Dunne, Constance Jones (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Stephen Fitzgerald
Anne Baxter ... Nora
Cecil Kellaway ... Horace (A Leprechaun)
Lee J. Cobb ... David C. Augur
James Todd James Todd ... Bill Clark
Jayne Meadows ... Frances Augur
J.M. Kerrigan ... Tatie the Innkeeper
Phil Brown ... Tom Higginbotham
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Cornelius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Dietrich Helen Dietrich ... Piano player
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Storyline

Steven Fitzgerald, a newpaper reporter from New York, meets a leprechaun and a beautiful young woman while traveling in Ireland. When he returns to his fiance and her wealthy father's political campaign in New York, he finds that the leprechaun and the young woman are now in New York as well. Steven is torn between the wealth he might enjoy in New York or returning to his roots in Ireland. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Choosing good is the real pot of gold!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave It to the Irish See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (green tinted) (partly)| Black and White (partly)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The novel upon which this is based, "For Fear of Little Men", was purchased in July 1947 for $50,000. See more »

Goofs

When Horace is jumping over the sofa in the scene where Stephen is chasing him, the stuntman's wig clearly falls halfway off his head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Fitzgerald: This can't be right. Let me see that map.
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Alternate Versions

The opening and closing scenes, which take place in Ireland, were tinted green in the original theatrical showings. TV prints of "The Luck of The Irish" are in black-and-white only. The recent DVD release includes both versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Too Late for Tears (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Garryowen
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Played by the band at the party
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The old sod
14 October 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This film was shown recently on cable; it was a refreshing change of pace. This 1948 movie, directed by Henry Koster, is a delightful experience for the young at heart and for those of us enchanted by the Irish folk lore.

The movie's plot is just a pretext to present Tyrone Power, one of the most handsome actors of the period, in a light comedy that takes him to Ireland, the land of his ancestors, to discover himself. The story is a fantasy, if not, how could we believe in Stephen's transformation by what he witness at the waterfall by the river, or his encounter with Nora at the inn? Not only that, but no sooner than he is back in New York, Horace, the leprechaun, makes an unexpected entrance in his life, and suddenly he discovers Nora riding the IRT?

This is a movie to be enjoyed because of the marvelous cast. Tyrone Power plays Fitz who is a different man from his experiences in Ireland. Fitz, evidently, having drunk the Irish whiskey, and eaten the Irish stew, is a changed man. Mr. Power plays this man effortlessly.

Equally excellent is Cecil Kellaway. His Horace is a man that has all the magical powers to lure Fitz back to the "old sod". Horace is a clever old man who can see right through anyone. Anne Baxter is also a great asset. Ms. Baxter and Mr. Power had a nice chemistry. Her Nora shows the right balance to attract Fitz and make him fall in love with her and with Ireland.

Lee J. Cobb's Augur, doesn't have much to do, but he is good as the man who wants to please his daughter above all things. Jayne Meadows made a rare appearance in the movie as Frances, the spoiled girl that wants Fitz for herself and will do everything in her power to get him.

This movie was a rare find. Watch it and cherish it with an open heart.


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