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The Irish in Us (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 August 1935 (USA)
Two brothers, a police officer and a boxing promoter, vie for the affections of a lovely young woman.


Lloyd Bacon


Earl Baldwin (screen play), Frank Orsatti (story idea)




Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Danny O'Hara
Pat O'Brien ... Pat O'Hara
Olivia de Havilland ... Lucille Jackson
Frank McHugh ... Mike O'Hara
Allen Jenkins ... 'Carbarn'
Mary Gordon ... Ma O'Hara
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson ... Doc Mullins (as Thomas Jackson)
Harvey Parry ... Joe Delancy (as Harvey Perry)


The family consists of Pat, the cop, Mike the fireman, Danny the boxing promoter and Ma. Pat wants Danny to get a real job, because most of his fighters end up in Polookaville and Pat wants to marry Lucille. This means that he will leave the family and Danny needs a income to help support Ma. But Danny believes he has the fighter named Carbarn who will bring him fortune and is going with that. But Lucille meets Danny on the road one day and it means trouble for the family as she does not love Pat, but loves Danny. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Blarney..Sentiment..Songs of the Heart..All Depicted in the Smash Hit "The Irish In Us" (Print Ad-Hamlet News-Messenger, ((Hamlet, NC)) 22 August 1935) See more »




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At the beginning of the film, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving onto the stove to the right of Ma O'Hara. See more »


References Tugboat Annie (1933) See more »


The Very Thought of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Noble
Played as dance music by the band at the firemen's ball
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A good comedy tribute to the Irish in New York City, with the stars in fine form.
15 January 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

The stars here never give a bad performance, so that I had fun watching this film despite a routine dissension-causing romantic rivalry between James Cagney and his brother, Pat O'Brien, for lovely Olivia de Havilland and an improbable ending. My only complaint was the character of Allen Jenkins, a fighter who starts swinging crazily every time he hears a bell. That got to be a bit tedious, although it was an important part of the plot. O'Brien plays a policeman while his younger brother, Frank McHugh, plays a fireman. They're sort of a microcosm of the Irish in New York City, with Cagney playing a would-be fight manager of Jenkins, and Mary Gordon trying to keep her family together. McHugh and Jenkins provide much of the comedy and the boxing match at the end was very well staged and quite exciting. You can't really go wrong with this film.

Filmmakers sometimes forget: A newspaper reports that Harvey Perry is the welterweight champion, but he's introduced into the ring as the middleweight champion.

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3 August 1935 (USA) See more »

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