Donogh O'Connor (Richard Hayward) is an Irish singer making good in
London who, at a banquet, expresses the desire to return to the little
village, Ballyvoraine, where he was born. Two of his prankish friends,
owning an airplane, gratify his desire by kidnapping him and depositing
him on a moor near his birthplace.
Thus, begins the adventure of the middle-aged Irish gentleman with his
London-acquired manners and his full-dress suit contrasting with the
humble clothes of the villagers. He forms a friendship with a pretty,
young colleen, Moira Flaherty (Dinah Sheridan), and aids her in
reforming her sweetheart, Sean Casey (Liam Gaffney), who has joined a
gang illegally distilling whiskey. The gang is led by an American
gangster, Mike Finnegan (George Pembroke), who has also returned to his
boyhood home. The two old-sod homeboys vie for control of the hearts
and minds of the villagers, with O'Connor having the distinct advantage
of being able to sing the old Irish ballads.
This film and "Man With 100 Faces" (with Tom Walls and Lilli Palmer)are
both 1938 UK films featuring transplanted American gangsters figuring
prominently in the plot-lines.
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