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Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 30 August 1945 (Australia)
A tunefull account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, composer of many popular Irish songs, including the title's.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screenplay), John Tucker Battle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monty Woolley ... Edgar Brawley
June Haver ... Mary 'Irish' O'Neill
Dick Haymes ... Ernest R. Ball
Anthony Quinn ... Al Jackson
Beverly Whitney ... Lucille Lacey
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Stanley Ketchel
Veda Ann Borg ... Belle La Tour
Clarence Kolb ... Leo Betz
Leonard Warren Leonard Warren ... Opera Singer
Blanche Thebom Blanche Thebom ... Opera Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Mostovoy Leo Mostovoy ... Pawnbroker (scenes deleted)
Ray Walker ... Hoofer (scenes deleted)
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A tunefull account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, composer of many popular Irish songs, including the title's.

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In Gorgeaous TECHNICOLOR! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Broadway Threatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 25, 1945) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1948 with Dick Haynes reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In playing the piano while singing "Boy Of Mine", you can see a wedding ring on Dick Haymes hand. He was married to Joanne Dru at the time the movie was being filmed. See more »

Quotes

Belle La Tour: [to Mary] What are you doing in my $85 feathered robe? Take it off!
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Soundtracks

Mother Machree
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball and Chauncey Olcott
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung by a chorus during the opening scene
Also performed by Blanche Thebom
Also performed in the finale
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Not a biopic of Ernest Ball
17 February 2006 | by alicespiralSee all my reviews

Most musicals have flaws and this is no exception.Whoever wrote the script should have checked for some sort of continuity but what passes as a story concerns Ameican Irish songwriter Ernest Ball who specializes in songs with an Irish theme,many of which are still heard today.When he shows one to a guy who's about to employ him as a songplugger said guy tells him its junk.He wants him to plug a song which sounds as if he wrote it in his sleep.Ball plays the song at the music hall and the audience more or less start booing.So he plays the one he offered the plugger -When Irish eyes are smiling-and the audience goes wild.He then just gets bigger. Meanwhile June Haver,who he'd tried once to get off with turns up as a Hatcheck Girl having failed to cut it as a chorus girl.A con man Ball hooked up with claims he can make the next woman who enters the room a star.Here it seems obvious that Ball will engineer her appearance. This is where any sense leaves permanently as he doesn't even offer. Instead Miss Haver leaves having sussed out she was the subject of a bet. Meanwhile the con man,in an attempt to lure her back-though its not him has the hots for her-somehow manages to stage a musical of his own and pass off Ball's songs as his own work.Ball sees it via a copy of Variety and heads back to town guns blazing as he thinks its really Miss Haver at work.Meanwhile she's South America bound then changes her mind and comes back to New York. Ball turns up copy of Variety in hand and you think he may at least punch somebody.But no everything ends happily ever after (or because the budget ran out).So the ploy cooked up by the con man was a waste of time.In a real World there would at least be questions asked and threats of copyright infringement Don't look for sense enjoy the songs as they are excellent


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1945 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Irish Eyes Are Smiling See more »

Company Credits

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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