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The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance | 15 September 1948 (USA)
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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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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Jayne Meadows found herself on the set of another Tyrone Power film when she accompanied her husband, screenwriter 'Milton Krim', to Italy for the filming of Prince of Foxes (1949). See more »

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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 Too Late for Tears (1949) See more »

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The Rose of Tralee
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Written by C. Mordaunt Spencer
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Diddly day, diddly doo.
26 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Whilst travelling through Ireland, dapper New York reporter, Steven Fitzgerald, happens across what appears to be a leprechaun. Though at first immensely sceptical, Steven comes to find out that it is in fact true, and coupled with his meeting with the lovely Nora, Steven finds himself at conflict about if he should stay in New York? With his prosperous future certain, or follow his roots to the Emerald Isle?

You know, it's just one of those films that never needs the hard sell, it's enchantingly simple and the perfect way to either while away a dark winters night, or gather the family round on a Sunday afternoon. Tyrone Power takes the lead as Fitzgerald, and after watching him in so many swashbucklers over the years, it's rather refreshing to see him in a charming and light comedy role, and he appears to be enjoying himself as well it has to be said. Lead female duties fall to a radiant Anne Baxter as Nora, whilst Cecil Kellaway is positively delightful as the leprechaun of the piece, a very astute piece of casting to be sure to be sure. I personally could have done with a bit more of Lee J. Cobb in the film, but on reflection his character is strong and business driven, and therefore too much of him could have easily detracted from this lovely little tale.

Based on the Constance Jones novel, The Luck Of The Irish is full of whimsy and romantic leanings, it is in short, delightful. 7/10


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