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The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance | 15 September 1948 (USA)
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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Choosing good is the real pot of gold!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave It to the Irish See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Peggy Cummins was first considered as Norah, while both Barry Fitzgerald and Will Fyffe were contenders for the role of the leprechaun. 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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Alternate Versions

The opening and closing scenes, which take place in Ireland, were tinted green in the original theatrical showings. TV prints of "The Luck of The Irish" are in black-and-white only. The recent DVD release includes both versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Trick or Treatment (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Garryowen
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Traditional
Played by the band at the party
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Eye-catching sparkle of a film
13 July 2001 | by Steven ReinagelSee all my reviews

I am a voracious channel surfer. I freely admit that. And when I was laid up with a heating pad applied to a sore neck one morning, the poor remote control was nearly smoking from the furious usage. But I stopped in my tracks as AMC portrayed Anne Baxter as Nora. She looked like the Mira Sorvino of her generation, right down to the delicate brow wrinkles of concern. Then the story drew me in. I didn't move for the next two hours. The leprechaun faded as a cultural image and became instead a vehicle of introspection and divine influence. The character played by Tyrone Power is ageless - men in the workplace are forever torn between following the dreams of their heart, or selling out to "the man" for stability and comfort. For Tyrone, the cost would have included his morality and honesty, which in today's world are sacrificed too easily and too often in the business arena. One comment worth making about the character of Nora; I was pleasantly surprised by how she never tried to manipulate situations to gain what she longed for. She accepted outcomes in a strong and self-assured manner, when it would have been easy to fall back on feminine wiles to turn things her way. A timeless film containing many lessons worth learning!


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