Outside of Paradise (1938) Poster

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Ireland gets a White Castle hamburger stand.
Leslie Howard Adams24 November 2005
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Daniel Francis O'Toole (Phil Regan), 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 (Penny Singleton) 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 (Ruth Coleman) and her parents (Mary Forbes and Lionel Pape), 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 operation . His band members from New York show up, and provide music for the customers while Danny Sings---and there is no doubt that this IS Ireland's first castle-housed fast-food operation providing live music.

Mavouneen has taken a liking to Danny, but gets jealous when she thinks he is paying too much attention to Dorothy and decides to sell the castle, and this is not good news to the band members who are doing a thriving business selling white-castle hamburgers. So they contrive to reunite Danny and Mavourneen.
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Penny Singleton-one busy lady before "Blondie"
mark.waltz20 August 2015
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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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