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Wings of the Morning (1937)

First Technicolor movie shot in the British Isles, features Gypsies, horse racing, singing and romance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Young Marie (Prologue) / Maria, Duchess of Leyva
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Kerry Gilfallen
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Lord Clontarf
Stewart Rome ...
Sir Valentine
Irene Vanbrugh ...
Old Marie
Harry Tate ...
Paddy
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Aunt Jenepher
Edward Underdown ...
Don Diego (as Teddy Underdown)
Mark Daly ...
James Patrick Aloysius 'Jimmy' Brannigan
Sam Livesey ...
Angelo
E.V.H. Emmett ...
Racing Commentator
R.C. Lyle ...
Racing Commentator (as Captain R.C. Lyle)
John McCormack ...
Himself - the Tenor
Steve Donoghue ...
Himself
D.J. Williams ...
Marik (Prologue)
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Storyline

1889. An Irish lord marries a beautiful gypsy but falls off his horse and dies. His family, who hates the gypsy, chase her out of home and she takes refuge in Spain. 1937. Nearly half a century later, the gypsy, fleeing the Spanish Civil War, returns to Ireland in the company of Maria, her pretty granddaughter. Maria falls for handsome Kerry, a young horse trainer, but the trouble is that she was engaged to a man in Spain. One day, the Spanish fiancé reappears. Written by Guy Bellinger

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RECKLESS YOUNG ROMANCE...A NEW STAR ALLURINGLY DIFFERENT...PULSE-TINGLING DERBY DAY THRILLS...SPECTACULAR ENTERTAINMENT GLORIFIED BY PERFECTED, NATURAL TECHNICOLOR! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

11 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zigeunerprinzessin  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Wings of the Morning is a quotation from Psalm 139, verse 9: "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea..." See more »

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At the Dawning of the Day
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Good Movie, Great Singer
4 May 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Wings Of The Morning" is a good movie. Not a great movie, but a good one and there are several reasons to watch it. First and foremost, it is a rare opportunity to see and hear Ireland's most famous tenor, John McCormack. He sings several songs as the featured entertainer at a dinner party. He doesn't appear in the picture until about an hour into it, but his gorgeous tenor voice delivers "Killarney" and "All Those Endearing Young Charms" and it is worth the wait.

This is also England's first Technicolor movie and it is pretty in its own right, but must seem primitive to film sophisticates. Especially eye-catching are shots of the Irish countryside as McCormack sings. Annabella makes her English-speaking debut in this picture and she is beautiful but her accent makes her difficult to understand at times.

Well, that's about it. The story is ordinary, the plot points telegraphed and it moves at glacial speed. I would have rated it lower were it not for the reasons mentioned above.


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