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Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)

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:
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Edgar Brawley
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Mary 'Irish' O'Neill
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Ernest R. Ball
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Al Jackson
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Lucille Lacey
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Stanley Ketchel
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Belle La Tour
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Leo Betz
Leonard Warren ...
Opera Singer
Blanche Thebom ...
Opera Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Mostovoy ...
Pawnbroker (scenes deleted)
Ray Walker ...
Hoofer (scenes deleted)
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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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30 August 1945 (Australia)  »

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En sång, en kyss, en flicka  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Belle La Tour: [to Mary] What are you doing in my $85 feathered robe? Take it off!
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Soundtracks

A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure They Call It Ireland)
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Performed by Leonard Warren
Also performed by a vocal quartet in the finale
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Skewed as biography, amusing as musical
12 October 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The film is part of a long line of musical biographies of songwriters that has hardly any interest in the person's actual life story. Instead, calling them biographies allows the musicals to cull songs from their catalog for various musical numbers. Still, at times, these films can be pleasant time-wasters. This one, ostensibly about turn-of-the-century songwriter Ernest Ball, is one of these pleasant but unexceptional entries.

Judging from the songs presented in the film, Ball specialized in Irish hokum ("Mother Macree" for example)--lugubrious ballads that wallowed in maternal sentimentality and dreams. Consequently, Dick Haymes portrayal of Ball presents him as a weak passive sort, who is easily pushed around. Seemingly to balance him, June Haver as his romantic interest is incredibly butch--growling, aggressive, and constantly popping people in the eye. While Haymes sings Ball's slow ballads, Haver performs peppy up-tempo numbers (that were not written by Ball). One of these underlines the reversal of gender-expected behavior: "Bessie in a Bustle." Here, Haver sings in male clothing, as various men in drag (with bustles naturally) cavort around her!

It's a pretty out-of-nowhere moment, but seems to fit the general attitude about aggressive women and passive men that's going on in the rest of the film.

Overall, it's a colorful period piece, with plenty to keep a viewer diverted for an hour and a half--and some interesting ideas if you stop to notice them. But it's no landmark musical.


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