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Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)

A tunefull account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, composer of many popular Irish songs, including the title's.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screenplay), John Tucker Battle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monty Woolley ... Edgar Brawley
June Haver ... Mary 'Irish' O'Neill
Dick Haymes ... Ernest R. Ball
Anthony Quinn ... Al Jackson
Beverly Whitney ... Lucille Lacey
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Stanley Ketchel
Veda Ann Borg ... Belle La Tour
Clarence Kolb ... Leo Betz
Leonard Warren Leonard Warren ... Opera Singer
Blanche Thebom Blanche Thebom ... Opera Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Mostovoy Leo Mostovoy ... Pawnbroker (scenes deleted)
Ray Walker ... Hoofer (scenes deleted)
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A tunefull account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, composer of many popular Irish songs, including the title's.

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Genres:

Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1945 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

En sång, en kyss, en flicka 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:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 11, 1946 with June Haver and Dick Haymes reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In playing the piano while singing "Boy Of Mine", you can see a wedding ring on Dick Haymes hand. He was married to Joanne Dru at the time the movie was being filmed. See more »

Quotes

Belle La Tour: [to Mary] What are you doing in my $85 feathered robe? Take it off!
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Soundtracks

Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee
(uncredited)
Music by Henry I. Marshall
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Performed by Veda Ann Borg and chorus girls at the burlesque theater
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entertaining bit of fluff
26 October 2005 | by babblingbooksSee all my reviews

All of the June Haver musicals were worth watching, to me, mostly because of the time frame of the music involved (the gay nineties thru the twenties ... that is to say, 1890 thru 1930.)

This particular one, I enjoyed Monty Wooley's performance as a bit of a con man and an entrepreneur, as well as a rare appearance of Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, a former boxer who didn't have to fake a boxing match. Anthony Quinn had a chance to do comedy and fared quite well. Quinn makes a bet with Wooley that he (Wooley) cannot, as he claims, make a musical star out of the next female who comes out of the ladies room in a restaurant. You have four and a half guesses who comes thru the door.

There is one dreadful number called "Bessie and Her Bustle" which made me cringe. June's other numbers did her no harm but Only "Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was any real help to her. Dick Haymes was a bit of a dead fish as an actor but his singing was really quite splendid.

Some other reviewer called June's performance "butch", which is ridiculous. She was pert and feisty and altogether charming. Gordon MacRae would have done the Haymes part much more satisfactorily but then this is true of many, many leads that required an actor as well as a singer. I would recommend this film if you are a June Haver fan and if you like a lot of good old Irish songs. (Ball biography,roughly) How about "Mother Machree" and "A Little Bit Of Heaven Fell From Out the Sky One Day" and "Let The Rest Of The World Go By."


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