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Top o' the Morning (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 August 1949 (USA)
A singing insurance investigator comes to Ireland to recover the stolen Blarney Stone...and romance the local policeman's daughter.


David Miller


Edmund Beloin (original screenplay), Richard L. Breen (original screenplay) (as Richard Breen)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Joe Mulqueen
Ann Blyth ... Conn McNaughton
Barry Fitzgerald ... Sergeant Briany McNaughton
Hume Cronyn ... Hughie Devine
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Biddy O'Devlin
John McIntire ... Inspector Fallon
Tudor Owen ... Cormac Gillespie
Jimmy Hunt ... Pearse O'Neill
Morgan Farley ... Edwin Livesley
John Eldredge ... E. L. Larkin
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... Dowdler
John Costello John Costello ... Village Gossip
Dick Ryan Dick Ryan ... Clark O'Ryan
Bernard Cauley Bernard Cauley ... Boy
Paul Connelly Paul Connelly ... Boy


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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BING 'n' BARRY Together Again...For More Songs, More Fun Than "Going My Way" and "Welcome Stranger"


Comedy | Romance


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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 »


Biddy O'Devlin: It does little good to put a curse on Americans. They don't seem to know the difference.
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Music by Ernest Ball (1912)
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Bing Crosby and uncredited child
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Looking For The Blarney Stone
11 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

31 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballade i Irland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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