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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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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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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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Trivia

Jayne Meadows found herself on the set of another Tyrone Power film when she accompanied her husband, screenwriter 'Milton Krim', to Italy for the filming of Prince of Foxes (1949). 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

The Irish Washerwoman
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Played by the band at the party
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Catch this on Fox Movie Channel sometime!
17 September 2006 | by zikzak-zikzak-zikzakSee all my reviews

A hidden Gem from the stables of Fox Studios in the 1940's, "Luck of the Irish" Was probably a toss-off film for Tyrone Power. Luckily for us viewers, this picture has an undeniable charm much like "Arsenic and Old Lace" or "It's a Wonderful Life". Cecil Calloway steals scenes left and right as a somewhat over-sized Leprechaun, and there's plenty of Irish charm in this movie to satisfy all. My only regret is that Fox didn't film this in color. That being aside, I WILL add this to my DVD collection should it ever come out (HEAR THAT, FOX?). For overall ambiance, think "Brigadoon" w/out the music or color, and you have a delightful comedy suitable for the whole family.


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