One bright morning, the villagers near Blarney Castle, Ireland hear terrible news: the famed Blarney Stone has been stolen. Enter Joe Mulqueen, singing insurance investigator from New York. The lovely daughter of police sergeant McNaughton soon catches Joe's eye, and oddly enough Joe fulfills an ancient prophecy of who her lover will be. Meanwhile, Joe does find time to do a little investigating...Written by
Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
The acronym "IRA" (a common acronym for the Irish Republican Army) can be seen etched into the background over Ann Blyth's right shoulder at about 3 minutes and 55 seconds into the film. A few minutes later, the letters "RA" can be seen over Bing Crosby's right shoulder when he is in the jail. Presumably the "I" is hidden in the latter scene. See more »
It does little good to put a curse on Americans. They don't seem to know the difference.
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Bing Crosby is an insurance investigator sent to Ireland to look for the stolen Blarney Stone. There he finds Barry Fitzgerald (in his fourth and final pairing with Der Bingle), the local sergeant of the Garda. Ann Blyth is Fitzgerald's daughter. Between the usual courting, misunderstanding and songs, as well as an old prediction puzzled out by Eileen Crowe, it takes half the movie before the investigation gets underway.
There are a couple of new songs, including the title song. That's sung three or four times. Older and traditional songs make up the balance. They serve to punctuate the scenes, rather than advance the plot or express the emotions of the moment, as they do in better musicals. Miss Blyth only gets one duet with Crosby. Despite her ability, it wouldn't be until she got to MGM that she got a chance to show off her voice.
DP Lionel Lindon, unusually for American cinematographers, lights the scenes rather than the actors and seems surer with interior sets rather than outdoors. His unflattering non-portraiture makes it appear like steel engravings and makes me think this would have been better shot in color. Lindon's facility for scenery meant he spent his later career doing science fiction movies, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (for which he won an Oscar) and the 3D JIVARO.
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