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Old Mother Riley, Headmistress (1950)

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(original story) (as Jackie Marks), (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Old Mother Riley becomes manager of a hotel - stolen diamonds, murder and pie fights follow.

Director: John Harlow
Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Chili Bouchier
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Director: John Gilling
Stars: Arthur Lucan, Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan
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Old Mother Riley runs into a ghost who turns out to be an old pirate searching for buried treasure.

Director: Maclean Rogers
Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Garry Marsh
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Mrs. Riley and her daughter Kitty go to Paris, and get involved with spies.

Director: Oswald Mitchell
Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Jerry Verno
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Old Mother Riley loses her laundry job and then battles her ex-boss in a parliamentary election.

Director: Oswald Mitchell
Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Torin Thatcher


Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lucan ...
Kitty McShane ...
Willer Neal ...
Cyril Smith ...
C. Denier Warren ...
Clifton Hill
Enid Hewitt ...
Miss Carruthers (as Enid Hewit)
Paul Sheridan ...
Harry Herbert ...
Ossie Waller ...
Copeland (as Oswald Waller)
Jenny Mathot ...
Mlle. Leblanc
Myrette Morven ...
Miss Chester
Ethel Royale ...
Lady Meersham (as Ethel Royal)
Bill Stephens ...
Eve Dewhurst ...
Catherine Boyle ...
Miss Ashton (as Catherine Carleton) (as Catherine Carlton)


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During the fire scene, Mrs. Riley goes to throw a large vase out of the window but, as Arthur Lucan picks it up, it starts to disintegrate. He stifles a laugh, but continues with the scene. See more »


Follows Old Mother Riley Detective (1943) See more »


I Heard a Robin Singing
Music by Conrad Leonard
Lyrics by Julius Day
Sung by The Luton Girls' Choir
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release at last of 4 films of forgotten British star of the 30s40s and 50s
24 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fifty years after his death behind the curtains of the Tivoli Theatre,Kingston upon Hull, whilst waiting to go on stage Arthur Lucan, born Arthur Towle in 1887 is not really remembered today. Along with wife Kitty Mcshane who was 16 when he wed her,Lucan would play Irish harridan washerwoman Old Mother Riley with Kitty as his daughter in 15 B movie comedies starting in 1937 and finishing in 1952 without wife due to separation,(her infidelity and his drinking)in the best film, Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire, starring the great Bela Lugosi Lugosi's UK stage tour of Dracula had failed at the box office and along with Lucan who was also broke due to an ill advised venture by Kitty, teamed up with Dora Bryan replacing female interest Kitty, plus a bevy of British comic talent inc Hattie Jacques and Richard Wattis. The DVD copy of this and the lesser Headmistress 1951 is not bad. The other two releases, both again on one disc, Jungle Treasure 1952 and New Venture 1950 are poor in the sound dept. These films packed cinemas as their live act packed theatres all over the world. They topped The Royal Variety Show in 1934.The humour was very broad and perhaps has not traveled very well, but if a new audience can be found with these releases, I for one will be very happy. Bit of Trivia for movie buffs. Vampire was released as surport film to Untamed Frontier starring Joseph Cotten, Shelley Winters and Scott Brady. A really weird double bill.

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