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Irish Luck (1939)

Buzzy O'Brien is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. The police blame Kitty Monahan and Buzzy succeeds in helping her escape and hides her at his home with his mother. Buzzy and... See full summary »

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Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Mary McCarthy (screenplay), Charles M. Brown (story "Death Hops the Bells") (as Charles Molyneux Brown)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frankie Darro ... Buzzy O'Brien
Dick Purcell ... Steve Lanahan
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mrs. O'Brien
Dennis Moore ... Jim Monahan
James Flavin ... Hotel Detective Fluger
Sheila Darcy Sheila Darcy ... Kitty Monahan
Mantan Moreland ... Jefferson
Ralph Peters ... Detective Jenkins
Tristram Coffin ... Mr. Mace - Hotel Desk Clerk (as Tristram C. Coffin)
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Banning - Bond Robber
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Bond Robber
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Reporter
Howard M. Mitchell ... Hotel Manager (as Howard Mitchell)
Aloha Wray Aloha Wray ... Dancer
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Storyline

Buzzy O'Brien is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. The police blame Kitty Monahan and Buzzy succeeds in helping her escape and hides her at his home with his mother. Buzzy and his pal Jefferson manage to fumble their way to finding the real killer who was after the stolen bonds carried by the victim. Based on Charles Molyneaux Brown's story "Death Hops the Bells." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A WINNING COMBINATION...WHEN DEATH RESERVES A HOTEL SUITE...AND A WISE-CRACKING BELLHP[ AND A PRETTY COLLEEN TEAM UP TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF THE CORPSE IN ROOM 415! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amateur Detective See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was such a success for Monogram that during the next several years they made seven more features pairing Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland as amateur crime solvers. See more »

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Saints Be Praised
27 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm not sure if being lucky and being Irish go hand in hand, but that proposition is certainly tested in this Monogram Picture with hotel employees Frankie Darro bellhop and Mantan Moreland janitor solve a couple of murders and break up a bond theft ring.

This hotel that employs Darro and Moreland is being used as the drop and pickup spot for stolen bonds. Being set up as those taking the fall are brother and sister Dennis Moore and Sheila Darcy. As their name is Monahan they can't possibly be guilty according to Darro as Buzzy O'Brien and his sainted Irish mother Lillian Elliott.

Darro is the son of a police detective and can't wait to get on the force, so much so he's finding mysteries to solve where he works. It's all to the distraction of his father's friend on the force Dick Purcell who has a relationship to Darro similar to Chief Clifford and Sam McCloud.

Irish Luck hasn't worn well over the years and Mantan Moreland's eye rolling janitor is especially not wearing well. He seems to be warming up for playing Birmingham Brown on the Charlie Chan series.

I doubt we'll see this one restored any time soon.


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