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The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Following American reporter Stephen Fitzgerald from Ireland to New York, a grateful leprechaun acts as the newsman's servant and conscience.

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Nora
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Horace (A Leprechaun)
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David C. Augur
James Todd ...
Bill Clark
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Frances Augur
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Tatie the Innkeeper
Phil Brown ...
Tom Higginbotham
Charles Irwin ...
Cornelius
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Steven Fitzgerald, a newpaper reporter from New York, meets a leprechaun and a beautiful young woman while traveling in Ireland. When he returns to his fiance and her wealthy father's political campaign in New York, he finds that the leprechaun and the young woman are now in New York as well. Steven is torn between the wealth he might enjoy in New York or returning to his roots in Ireland. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Choosing good is the real pot of gold!


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15 September 1948 (USA)  »

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An atmospheric scene designed by Henry Koster to introduce the leprechaun was cut by producer 'Darryl Zanuck', according to the director. See more »

Goofs

When Horace is jumping over the sofa in the scene where Stephen is chasing him, the stuntman's wig clearly falls halfway off his head. See more »

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[first lines]
Stephen Fitzgerald: This can't be right. Let me see that map.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Trick or Treatment (1982) See more »

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If you liked "Miracle on 34th Street" you'll like "The Luck of the Irish"
29 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to believe this movie was inspired by "Miracle on 34th Street." In both, a supposedly fantastical person (Santa Claus, leprechaun) puts his oar into the lives of some cynical, unhappy people, makes them realize What's Truly Important, and changes their lives forever, for the better. Sappy nonsense, but absolutely enjoyable from start to finish.

This is one of Jayne Meadows' first films. I thought I recognized her from an early TV panel show, and I did. She appeared many times on the old "What's My Line" show. She is the sister of Audrey Meadows, who played Alice Cramden on many of Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" shows. Thanks to IMDb for the details that make these old films more interesting.


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