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Irish Luck (1939)

Buzzy O'Brien is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. The police blame Kitty Monahan and Buzzy succeeds in helping her escape and hides her at his home with his mother. Buzzy and... See full summary »

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Buzzy O'Brien
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Steve Lanahan
Lillian Elliott ...
Mrs. O'Brien
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Jim Monahan
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Hotel Detective Fluger
Sheila Darcy ...
Kitty Monahan
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Jefferson
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Detective Jenkins
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Mr. Mace - Hotel Desk Clerk (as Tristram C. Coffin)
Pat Gleason ...
Banning - Bond Robber
Gene O'Donnell ...
Bond Robber
Donald Kerr ...
Reporter
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Hotel Manager (as Howard Mitchell)
Aloha Wray ...
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Buzzy O'Brien is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. The police blame Kitty Monahan and Buzzy succeeds in helping her escape and hides her at his home with his mother. Buzzy and his pal Jefferson manage to fumble their way to finding the real killer who was after the stolen bonds carried by the victim. Based on Charles Molyneaux Brown's story "Death Hops the Bells." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE'S NERVY! HE'S SNOOPY! HE'S RECKLESS! BUT HE'S GOT THE LUCK OF THE IRISH! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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22 August 1939 (USA)  »

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This was such a success for Monogram that during the next several years they made seven more features pairing Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland as amateur crime solvers. See more »

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One of the first pairings of Darro and Moreland is also one of the best
14 February 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Frankie Darro is a bellhop at a hotel where he hones his detective skills. After recovering some stolen bonds,much to the chagrin of the police, he finds himself mixed up in a murder, that may have been committed by a nervous young lady he has befriended. One of the first pairings of Mantan Moreland and Frankie Darro is one of the best. Here we have a real mystery story that keeps you interested from the very start. Its nice to have a programmer that seems to be more than just one set refurnished over and over again. There are some really clever bits, how Mantan flags down the police is priceless and some witty remarks, coming mostly from Mantan or cop Dick Purcell are amusing. If there is any real disappointment in this film its that Moreland and Darro aren't as chummy as they were in later entries. Indeed, where the pair spends most of their on screen time together here there are whole sections where Frankie is front and center with Moreland no where to be found or reduced to simply acting frightened or explaining things to the police, he's good but he's not what he would become in the later films. recommended to anyone looking for a a good mystery.


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