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Top o' the Morning (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 August 1949 (USA)
A singing insurance investigator comes to Ireland to recover the stolen Blarney Stone...and romance the local policeman's daughter.

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Cast

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Sergeant Briany McNaughton
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Hughie Devine
Eileen Crowe ...
Biddy O'Devlin
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Inspector Fallon
Tudor Owen ...
Cormac Gillespie
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Pearse O'Neill
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Edwin Livesley
John Eldredge ...
E. L. Larkin
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Dowdler
John Costello ...
Village Gossip
Dick Ryan ...
Clark O'Ryan
Bernard Cauley ...
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Paul Connelly ...
Boy
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Storyline

One bright morning, the villagers near Blarney Castle, Ireland hear terrible news: the famed Blarney Stone has been stolen. Enter Joe Mulqueen, singing insurance investigator from New York. The lovely daughter of police sergeant McNaughton soon catches Joe's eye, and oddly enough Joe fulfills an ancient prophecy of who her lover will be. Meanwhile, Joe does find time to do a little investigating... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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31 August 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballade i Irland  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby had wanted Deanna Durbin to costar in this picture and also in his next vehicle for Paramount, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949). Miss Durbin, about to retire from the screen with the finish of her Universal-International contract on August 31, 1949, declined both offers from Bing. In place of Miss Durbin, Universal loaned Ann Blyth to Paramount for the first Crosby picture. See more »

Quotes

Biddy O'Devlin: It does little good to put a curse on Americans. They don't seem to know the difference.
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Soundtracks

OH, 'TIS SWEET TO THINK
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Moore
Sung by Ann Blyth and Bing Crosby
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Fun and inconsequential
27 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is set in Ireland. Apparently, the famed Blarney Stone has been stolen and an insurance investigator (Bing Crosby) has been sent by his company. After all, the rock was insured and they don't want to have to pay off if they can help it. When Bing arrives, the town and especially the constable (Barry Fitzgerald) do not welcome him. So, naturally, it's up to Bing's considerable charms to warm their hearts. One whose heart warmed quite quickly is Fitzgerald's daughter (Ann Blyth)--who becomes smitten with Bing and thinks his arrival signals some sort of weird prophecy.

Overall, the film is a lot of agreeable blarney. It's enjoyable but silly and inconsequential. The songs, while enjoyable, are also easy to forget and the film it NOT another "Going My Way". A few things that kept it from being better (other than the silly plot) were that many of the actors and accents seemed about as Irish as pizza--another is that Ann Blyth was 25 years younger than Bing--and that's just a bit creepy.


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