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Marcia Mae Jones,
Buzzy O'Brien is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. The police blame Kitty Monahan and Buzzy succeeds in helping her escape and hides her at his home with his mother. Buzzy and his pal Jefferson manage to fumble their way to finding the real killer who was after the stolen bonds carried by the victim. Based on Charles Molyneaux Brown's story "Death Hops the Bells." Written by
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"Brainy bellhop Buzzy O'Brien (Frankie Darro) tries his hand at sleuthing out a killer when a hundred thousand dollars in bonds disappear and the corpse of Bank Vice President Thaddeus Porter is left in their place. When Kitty Monahan (Sheila D'Arcy), the object of Buzzy's affection, is named as the lead suspect by flat-footed Detective Lanahan (Dick Purcell), Buzzy spirits her away to his mother's apartment where the feisty old Irish battle-ax comically combines courting with crime solving," according to the Alpha Video synopsis, this is "a whimsical whodunit filled with romance, thrills and just a touch of blarney."
Just a touch?
"Irish Luck" was the first film featuring young Darro and vaudevillian Mantan Moreland (as Jefferson) as a team. Herein, they are typical as a hotel bellhop-cum-amateur detective and his servile, easily frightened sidekick. Coming from a common circus background, Darro and Moreland were complimentary and caring. Despite the latter's often stereotypical characterization, they are an engaging duo. What really made them endearing together is that Mr. Moreland "Jeff" overcomes his timidity to save Darro's life, which is followed by a mutual concern. You can see the bond has formed when they run off screen together.
***** Irish Luck (8/22/39) Howard Bretherton ~ Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland, Dick Purcell, Lillian Elliott
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