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Tonight's the Night (1954)

Happy Ever After (original title)
The whole village mourns when General O'Leary, owner of a hunting estate in South Ireland, is killed in an accident. His nephew, Jasper O'Leary, takes over the state and soon has aroused ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jasper O'Leary
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Serena McGlusky
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Thady O'Heggarty
George Cole ...
Terence
A.E. Matthews ...
General O'Leary
Noelle Middleton ...
Kathy McGlusky
Robert Urquhart ...
Dr. Michael Flynn
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Major McGlusky
Joseph Tomelty ...
Dooley
Eddie Byrne ...
Lannigan
Jimmy Mageean ...
Divarsion
Patrick McAlinney ...
O'Connor
Brian O'Higgins ...
Milligan
Liam Redmond ...
Regan
Patrick Westwood ...
Murphy
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The whole village mourns when General O'Leary, owner of a hunting estate in South Ireland, is killed in an accident. His nephew, Jasper O'Leary, takes over the state and soon has aroused the displeasure of all, with the exception of Serena McGluskey, as much a schemer as he is a cad. Led by Thady O'Heggarty, the villagers plot to drive Jasper away. They use the occasion of "O'Leary Night", when the ghost of the first O'Leary walks the halls, to create general chaos. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 December 1954 (USA)  »

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Tonight's the Night  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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My Heart Is Irish
Written by Michael Carr
Sung over credits by chorus
and in the public bar by Denis Martin (uncredited)
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Froth?...yes. But definitely a worthy watch.
29 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Has to be said that this is a wonderful little farce which pushes all the right buttons. Some great Irish accents and some dodgy 'oirish' accents.

Lots of familiar Irish actors who regularly appeared in British films during the 40's & 50's are on show. Some of the comedy pieces are very funny indeed.

For me though, George Cole as the put-upon, hyper-nervous cellar-boy Terence, whose comedic timing allows him to steal every scene he's in, is the standout amongst a very talented cast. I think Bernard Cribbins must have studied this performance for his 60's comedy film appearances.

The lovely Irish-born actress, Noelle Middleton, makes a rare screen showing. The following year she appeared with David Niven again, in the excellent Carrington V.C, for which she received a BAFTA Best Actress nomination.

A 'slow to start' film that in the end seems to finish too quickly.

All in all, a little gem, so it is!


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