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The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Following American reporter Stephen Fitzgerald from Ireland to New York, a grateful leprechaun acts as the newsman's servant and conscience.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Philip Dunne, Constance Jones (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Stephen Fitzgerald
Anne Baxter ... Nora
Cecil Kellaway ... Horace (A Leprechaun)
Lee J. Cobb ... David C. Augur
James Todd James Todd ... Bill Clark
Jayne Meadows ... Frances Augur
J.M. Kerrigan ... Tatie the Innkeeper
Phil Brown ... Tom Higginbotham
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Cornelius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Dietrich Helen Dietrich ... Piano player
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Storyline

Steven Fitzgerald, a newpaper reporter from New York, meets a leprechaun and a beautiful young woman while traveling in Ireland. When he returns to his fiance and her wealthy father's political campaign in New York, he finds that the leprechaun and the young woman are now in New York as well. Steven is torn between the wealth he might enjoy in New York or returning to his roots in Ireland. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave It to the Irish See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (green tinted) (partly)| Black and White (partly)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Baxter refers to someone who owns a boat named Sean O'Fearna as the man who can take Tyrone Power out of the Irish village. In fact, Sean O'Fearna is the real name of director John Ford. See more »

Goofs

When Horace is jumping over the sofa in the scene where Stephen is chasing him, the stuntman's wig clearly falls halfway off his head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Fitzgerald: This can't be right. Let me see that map.
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Referenced in Too Late for Tears (1949) See more »

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Greensleeves
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Irish Whimsy
7 June 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Luck of the Irish has Tyrone Power on holiday in the country of his ancestors. He meets a sprightly colleen in Anne Baxter and happens to capture a leprechaun's treasure. But the leprechaun pulls a whole drama scene on him and feeling sorry for him, he lets the leprechaun keep the treasure.

The leprechaun played by Cecil Kellaway wishes him good luck and travels back to America to see that Power gets it or at least what Kellaway considers good fortune. Kellaway is a bit of a scamp, but it turns out he's got a wise old Irish head on his shoulders.

This may very well have been Cecil Kellaway's career role. He rips off the film from the leads especially Tyrone Power who he has most of his scenes with. Kellaway got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Supposedly when first released the Irish scenes had a green sepia tint to them. Not on the print I saw, it was straight black and white. One wonders why Darryl Zanuck didn't bother to do the whole thing in color for his favorite star, Tyrone Power.

Other performances of note are Lee J. Cobb as the publishing magnate whose political views Power is diametrically opposed to, but who accepts a position with him. Also Jayne Meadows who is Cobb's daughter and purportedly one of the perks that goes along with the job. She's got her eyes set on Power as a husband.

Money and the comforts of life that can be bought with it are not easy things to turn down, especially if one has a taste for them. It's led to many a good person's downfall. It's the dilemma Power is faced with and I think you can figure out how he resolves it.

The Luck of the Irish is a nice whimsical film and it's good family entertainment.


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