Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)

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A tunefull account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, composer of many popular Irish songs, including the title's.



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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Brawley
June Haver ...
Mary 'Irish' O'Neill
Dick Haymes ...
Ernest R. Ball
Al Jackson
Beverly Whitney ...
Lucille Lacey
Maxie Rosenbloom ...
Stanley Ketchel
Veda Ann Borg ...
Belle La Tour
Clarence Kolb ...
Leo Betz
Leonard Warren ...
Opera Singer
Blanche Thebom ...
Opera Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Mostovoy ...
Pawnbroker (scenes deleted)
Hoofer (scenes deleted)


A tunefull account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, composer of many popular Irish songs, including the title's.

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Release Date:

30 August 1945 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

En sång, en kyss, en flicka  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1948 with Dick Haynes reprising his film role. See more »


In playing the piano while singing "Boy Of Mine", you can see a wedding ring on Dick Haymes hand. He was married to Joanne Dru at the time the movie was being filmed. See more »


Belle La Tour: [to Mary] What are you doing in my $85 feathered robe? Take it off!
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Mother Machree
Music by Ernest Ball and Chauncey Olcott
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung by a chorus during the opening scene
Also performed by Blanche Thebom
Also performed in the finale
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Irish from Cleveland
29 June 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Ernest Ball, an aspiring composer from Cleveland, struggled through his younger years to make it in the business. After not being able to make it in his home town, Mr. Ball decides to go East to New York, the capital of the world of entertainment where his music was appreciated and went to have the recognition he deserved.

"Irish Eyes Are Smiling", the biographic film didn't make a good impression of the man and his life. In fact, this was a rather uninspired production of Twentieth Century Fox that must have been created for Dick Haymes, the actor with a golden voice who was at his prime. Directed by veteran actor/director Gregory Ratoff, this is a dull movie where some of Ernest Ball's songs are prominently placed in a musical comedy that didn't do anything to please audiences.

Mr. Haymes had a pleasing tenor voice, but as far as the acting department went, he was at a disadvantage playing opposite Monty Wooley, or even a young Anthony Quinn. This was June Haver's second appearance in a film after her success in "Home in Indiana". She doesn't have much to do as the main interest of Ernest Ball.

The best of Mr. Ball's songs, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", which he composed with lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff proved to be a song that survived the author as it became a standard hymn always associated with Irish celebrations and a must for St. Patrick's Day.

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