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Outside of Paradise (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 February 1938 (USA)
Daniel Francis O'Toole, singing maestro in a New York restaurant, finds himself the unexpected heir to an estate in Ireland. He doesn't have money enough for the passage to Ireland, but the... See full summary »



(original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Kerrigan
Bert Gordon ...
Cafe Owner Ivan Petrovich
Dorothy Stonewall
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Stonewall
Lionel Pape ...
Mr. Stonewall
Ralph Remley ...
Lind (as Lind Hayes)
Joe E. Marks ...
David Kerman ...
Billy Young ...
Harry Allen ...
Old Man

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Daniel Francis O'Toole, singing maestro in a New York restaurant, finds himself the unexpected heir to an estate in Ireland. He doesn't have money enough for the passage to Ireland, but the band members decide to incorporate him, advancing him the fare for equal shares in the estate. In Ireland, Danny finds that his is only a half-share, and the other half belongs to Mavourneen Kerrigan and she has the exclusive right to sell or keep the property...which, despite his pleas, she refuses to do. She also declares him an undesired guest, objects to his presence and insists that he prepare his own meals. He does so in a large main hall, but can only make hamburgers. During a rainstorm, Dorothy Stonewall and her parents, seek shelter in the castle, meet Danny there, and are invited to dine with him...on hamburgers. They find hamburgers to be a delicious novelty, and the inspired Danny establishes Ireland's first fast-food operation (in a castle, at least), and soon he has a thriving ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

7 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Na Porta do Paraíso  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin
Dance number staged by Larry Ceballos
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Penny Singleton-one busy lady before "Blondie"
20 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It appears that in 1938 alone, the high-pitched voice of Penny Singleton appeared in 12 films, one of them the very first "Blondie" movie, her last film of the year. Her first film of the year was this rather noisy Republic musical where she plays a bonnie Irish lass fighting the heir to an Irish estate over property she believes is rightfully hers. Of course, romance ensues, some unforgettable musical numbers stop what little plot there is cold, and "Mad Russian" Bert Gordon provides some obnoxious comedy. It's difficult to root for Ms. Singleton in this one, because her hot-tempered redhead isn't as charming as similar characters the gorgeous Maureen O'Hara would later play. O'Hara was always still endearing whenever losing her temper, and you were usually on her side against whatever macho male she was trying to put in their place. In the case of Singleton's character, she is just noisy, while her male rival (Phil Regan) is absolutely charming and obviously not deserving of her wrath. The musical numbers are more Hollywood kitsch rather than traditionally Irish so they seem out of place, although a sudden tap number is quite enjoyable, and one group number Singleton does seems fun, that is had it been included in another movie, not this one. I have to refer to this one as "Blondie's Time of the Month".

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