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Saints and Sinners (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 August 1949 (UK)
What happens to the saints and sinners of a small Irish village on the day the world is supposed to end.


Leslie Arliss


Paul Vincent Carroll (screenplay), Leslie Arliss (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieron Moore ... Michael Kissane
Christine Norden ... Blanche
Sheila Manahan Sheila Manahan ... Shelah Flaherty
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Canon
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Ma Murnaghan
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... O'Brien
Noel Purcell ... Flaherty
Pamela Arliss Pamela Arliss ... Betty (as Pam Arliss)
Sheila Richards Sheila Richards ... Eileen O'Hara
Edward Byrne Edward Byrne ... Norreys (as Eddie Bryne)
Eric Gorman Eric Gorman ... Madigan
Liam Redmond ... O'Driscoll
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Berry
Anita Bolster Anita Bolster ... Julia Ann Dermody
William G. O'Gorman William G. O'Gorman ... Maeve (as William O'Gorman)


What happens to the saints and sinners of a small Irish village on the day the world is supposed to end.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Long setup but pay-off is worth the wait
1 December 2004 | by SilentsSee all my reviews

The first half of Leslie Arliss' comedy/drama shows the sins of various folks in a small Irish village: greed, theft, seduction, and other temptations and pleasures of the flesh. Then, when the locals are convinced that fiery angels are coming to destroy the world at noon on Tuesday their sudden confessions to the Canon, and his reactions to the entire affair are very funny and may also get us to think just a wee bit about our own situation. There's just enough humor and Irish charm to keep it from descending too far into standard melodrama.

But the real saving graces of the film are the superb performances by all, particularly by Michael Dolan as the Canon, and Philip Green's lovely score. It is a treat to find a neglected film like this one that is so well made and so memorable.

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