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My Wild Irish Rose (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Musical | 27 December 1947 (USA)
The life of Irish tenor Chauncey Olcott is chronicled from his childhood to his days as the toast of New York. In between, his rise to the top is complicated by romances with two women: his... See full summary »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Peter Milne (screen play), Rita Olcott (based upon a book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Morgan ... Chauncey Olcott
Arlene Dahl ... Rose Donovan
Andrea King ... Lillian Russell
Alan Hale ... John Donovan
George Tobias ... Nick Popolis
George O'Brien ... 'Duke' Muldoon
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Brennan
Ben Blue ... Hopper
William Frawley ... William Scanlon
Don McGuire ... Terry O'Rourke
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Foote
Paul Stanton ... Augustus Piton
George Cleveland ... Captain Brennan
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Joe Brennan
Oscar O'Shea ... Pat Daly
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The life of Irish tenor Chauncey Olcott is chronicled from his childhood to his days as the toast of New York. In between, his rise to the top is complicated by romances with two women: his true love Rose Donovan and stage star Lillian Russell, who wants to make him a star. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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A Giant Musical in Technicolor

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Biography | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irlantilainen ruusuni See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexis Smith was considered for a leading role. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the apartment, a wide shot shows a bad guy getting punched, sent across the room, and crashing into a small table, demolishing it. The very next shot shows the table once more intact and untouched until the same bad guy crashes into it again. See more »

Soundtracks

Garryowen
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Traditional
Played as the last man is being tossed down the stairs
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A joyful celebration of popular songs and the romance of theater
10 April 2008 | by aciolinoSee all my reviews

Yes, I give it a 10 because I compare it not only to others of it's kind but also to the dreck one is bombarded with on a daily basis in what's laughably called today's "popular culture." That aside, the film is beautifully cast, as has been stated elsewhere, and gives us a fairly good look at popular theater of the late 18th and early 20th centuries. No small coincidence is that many of the plays that Olcott played in involved a similar plot: Boy meets girl, someone objects, (usually the father or some authority figure) boy struggles, boy wins girl. The was actually known at the time as a "Chauncey Olcott Act." No coincidence, too, that John Ford directed one. He called it, "The Quiet Man." And, "My Wild Irish Rose," is, in itself, a "Chauncey Olcott act." Great stuff, no? Anyway, great songs, great stuff. Enjoy.

PS - After seeing the film I'd like to know more about Bill Scanlan. I found an obit that said he quit "Mauvorneen," as a result of insanity (replaced, as in the film, by Chauncey Olcott) and died in an asylum several years later. But he had been, apparenlty, a very big star in his own right, who wrote songs and plays and had plays written for him.

Anyone know more?


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