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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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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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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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31 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Ballade i Irland  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The acronym "IRA" (a common acronym for the Irish Republican Army) can be seen etched into the background over Ann Blyth's right shoulder at about 3 minutes and 55 seconds into the film. A few minutes later, the letters "RA" can be seen over Bing Crosby's right shoulder when he is in the jail. Presumably the "I" is hidden in the latter scene. See more »

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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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OH, 'TIS SWEET TO THINK
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Written by Thomas Moore
Sung by Ann Blyth and Bing Crosby
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An abrupt change of mood
29 February 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It was only natural that at some point Paramount would give Bing Crosby and Irish story, preferably with Barry Fitzgerald, and this turned out to be the third and last of their teamings.

Crosby recorded a lot of Irish and Irish style songs during his career and he has some good numbers here, traditional and those supplied by Burke and Van Heusen. Some were staples for his Irish albums.

I wish they had given him something like The Quiet Man to do. In that John Ford went on location to film it and took full advantage of the Irish countryside. Paramount played on the cheap here, the thing was shot on the backlot and it shows. Location and technicolor would have been essential here.

For most of the film the plot is light, an American insurance detective is on the trail of the thief of the Blarney Stone and takes time to romance Ann Blyth the local constable's daughter. The detective and constable are perfectly cast with Bing and Barry respectively.

When they get down to the business of finding the thief the film turns noirish. Too abruptly for such light material. Crosby was certainly capable of handling serious drama as well as the light stuff that he was known for, but not in the mood of the same movie.

If you love Bing as I do, by all means see this. If not it's a curiosity.


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