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My Wild Irish Rose (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Musical | 27 December 1947 (USA)
The life of Irish tenor Chauncey Olcott is chronicled from his childhood to his days as the toast of New York. In between, his rise to the top is complicated by romances with two women: his... See full summary »

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The life of Irish tenor Chauncey Olcott is chronicled from his childhood to his days as the toast of New York. In between, his rise to the top is complicated by romances with two women: his true love Rose Donovan and stage star Lillian Russell, who wants to make him a star. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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27 December 1947 (USA)  »

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Irlantilainen ruusuni  »

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Alexis Smith was considered for a leading role. See more »

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During the fight in the apartment, a wide shot shows a bad guy getting punched, sent across the room, and crashing into a small table, demolishing it. The very next shot shows the table once more intact and untouched until the same bad guy crashes into it again. See more »

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Mother Machree
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball and Chauncey Olcott
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Played when Chauncey is saying goodbye to his mother and later sung by Dennis Morgan
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Dennis Morgan's best musical is nostalgic technicolor charmer...
25 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Dennis Morgan is a perfect choice to play Chauncey Olcott, Irish songwriter in a tune-filled musical biography full of Irish folk songs and dances. All of it is filmed in luscious technicolor with a pleasant cast of supporting players--Andrea King (especially good as Lillian Russell), Alan Hale, Arlene Dahl, George Tobias, Sarah Allgood and you may be surprised to see William Frawley as an Irish singer, William Scanlon, who figures importantly in some musical sequences.

This vastly underrated film is hardly ever shown on TV (except for Turner Classic Movies) and still not available on video. Watch it if you enjoy nostalgic turn-of-the-century musicals about Irish musicians. Some of the material is pretty dated, but you have to accept that in the context of when it was made. Some of the comedy supplied by Ben Blue and George Tobias is a little on the corny side--but the film itself is still a delight for the eye and ear.


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