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Said O'Reilly to McNab (1937)

A retired businessman in Scotland, who is also a golf fanatic, will not let his daughter marry an Irish-American boy, Terry O'Reilly. Then one day O'Reilly's father shows up for a "visit"--... See full summary »

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Will Mahoney ...
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Ellis Drake ...
Mrs. McNab
Jean Winstanley ...
Mary McNab
James Carney ...
Terence O'Reilly
Sandy McDougal ...
Jock McKay
Marianne Davis ...
Sophie
Lillian Urquhart ...
Maggie
Percy Parsons ...
Mr. Dunkel
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Robert Gall ...
Jock MacNab
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A retired businessman in Scotland, who is also a golf fanatic, will not let his daughter marry an Irish-American boy, Terry O'Reilly. Then one day O'Reilly's father shows up for a "visit"--which, as it turns out, is because he's on the run from the police in New York. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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18 February 1938 (USA)  »

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Says O'Reilly to MacNab  »

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(British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Standard Ethnic Battles, Good Performances
29 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Gainsborough Pictures was still trying to crack the American market with this movie, in which American swindler Will Mahoney goes to England, where his son has just gotten engaged to the daughter of retired Scots businessman Will Fyfe. They wrangle and much of the film is wasted with what is supposed to be a humorous golf match. Eventually they go into business manufacturing nostrum reducing pills.

The leads were a couple of stage performers and it isn't until just past the hour mark, when they perform their routines that the film becomes something more interesting than the sort of stock ethnic jokes that had been going on since Year One. Director William Beaudine does a competent job with a standard script and a few bucks in the budget, However, it's easy to see why this film fizzled in the US and Gainsborough decided to abandon their New World ambitions.

Although much of the movie is standard, the stage routines are very good. Mahoney does an eccentric, high-speed tap dance and Fyfe, who was famous for his music hall renditions of "I Belong to Glasgow" -- he hailed from Dundee -- also does a sword dance.


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