The Luck of the Irish (1948)

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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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Credited cast:
Horace (A Leprechaun)
David C. Augur
James Todd ...
Bill Clark
Frances Augur
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Tatie the Innkeeper
Phil Brown ...
Tom Higginbotham
Charles Irwin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Dietrich ...
Piano player


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

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Choosing good is the real pot of gold!


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Release Date:

15 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leave It to the Irish  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(green tinted) (partly)| (partly)

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 December 27, 1948 with Ann Baxter reprising her film role. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Played at the beginning of the picture
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Leprechaun in New York City???--what next?
1 September 1999 | by (NEW JERSEY, USA) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power and Cecil Kellaway (the leprechaun) make this modern day, comic, fairy tale a wonder to behold (and I'm not even Irish). Their performances are excellent and make a possibly hokey story into a gem. The old traditions that may seem "quaint" to an outsider, or in this case, our sophisticated hero (visiting the bumpkins), are just as odd to a displaced leprechaun in New York City (there to settle a debt of honor). The traditions and ties borrowed from the old country will touch your heart and help better define what is true-ly important in life.

Our leprechaun is a bit unorthodox (of course), but he makes a believer our of our hero, cynical to the extreme. "Luck of the Irish" makes you want to believe, and at the end of the movie, will leave you warm and content, with a smile on your face.....

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