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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Jimmy Hunt ...
Pearse O'Neill
Morgan Farley ...
Edwin Livesley
John Eldredge ...
E. L. Larkin
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Dowdler
John Costello ...
Village Gossip
Dick Ryan ...
Clark O'Ryan
Bernard Cauley ...
Boy
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

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 »

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

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball (1912)
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Bing Crosby and uncredited child
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Very charming with wonderful songs, funny script.
25 February 2001 | by (Salinas, Ca) – See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable movie. The plot sounds silly, but the script is quite witty and the characters are really well done. Barry Fitzgerald and Hume Cronyn are especially good as the police sergeant and his assistant. Bing Crosby plays Bing Crosby, but that's ok with me, since the songs in this one are lovely to listen to. The plot however, does turn surprisingly dark towards the end, but that's a minor point. I watched this on AMC so I'm sure it will play again sometime......if it's on, watch it......you won't be disappointed.


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