Top o' the Morning (1949)

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



(original screenplay), (original screenplay) (as Richard Breen)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant Briany McNaughton
Hughie Devine
Eileen Crowe ...
Biddy O'Devlin
Inspector Fallon
Tudor Owen ...
Cormac Gillespie
Jimmy Hunt ...
Pearse O'Neill
Morgan Farley ...
Edwin Livesley
John Eldredge ...
E. L. Larkin
John 'Skins' Miller ...
John Costello ...
Village Gossip
Dick Ryan ...
Clark O'Ryan
Bernard Cauley ...
Paul Connelly ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

31 August 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballade i Irland  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute CBS Radio adaptation of the movie on March 17, 1952 with Barry Fitzgerald and Ann Blyth reprising their film roles. See more »


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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Traditional Irish tune
Danced in party scene
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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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