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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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Fine, fine movie, and a "must-see" for any Barbershopper.
13 August 2001 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews



"My Wild Irish Rose", attributed to Chauncy Olcott, is one of the most popular, and my favorite, song commonly done by Barbershop quartets. This film is a story of his life, an Irish immigrant in the 1890s with a beautiful tenor voice, determined to make it big on stage. If this film is an accurate account, then he did very well indeed.

Dennis Morgan stars as Olcott, and was 39 when the film was released in 1947, a veteran in the movies. His co-star, Arlene Dahl was 23, in her first film, played his love interest, Rose Donovan, who he supposedly wrote the song for. I don't recall seeing any of her other films, but she sure was beautiful as a 23-year-old.

The movie is just one uplifting 100-minute pleasure to watch. Loaded with songs, and near the end a medley of Irish stage productions, including the title song. Dennis Morgan, with his great smile and great singing voice, is just perfect as Chauncy Olcott. His song to his mother, near the end, after she expressed remorse for not having believed in him, brough tears to my eyes. This is such a fine movie, any rating under "7" should be considered bogus. I give it a strong "8" of 10.


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