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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.
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.
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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