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The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 29 April 1950 (USA)
Patricia O'Grady is the daughter of Irish Vaudeville performer, Rosie O'Grady, and is being raised along with her sisters by her father who believes the Vaudeville life contributed to his ... See full summary »


David Butler


Jack Rose (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
June Haver ... Patricia O'Grady
Gordon MacRae ... Tony Pastor
James Barton ... Dennis O'Grady
S.Z. Sakall ... Miklos 'Mike' Teretzky (as Cuddles Sakall)
Gene Nelson ... Doug Martin
Sean McClory ... James Moore
Debbie Reynolds ... Maureen O'Grady
Marcia Mae Jones ... Katie O'Grady (as Marsha Jones)
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Murphy
Virginia Lee ... Virginia Lee


Patricia O'Grady is the daughter of Irish Vaudeville performer, Rosie O'Grady, and is being raised along with her sisters by her father who believes the Vaudeville life contributed to his wife's early demise. Thus he doesn't want his daughters involved in any way with performing arts, so when she falls for a performer, successful Tony Pastor, their love faces a challenge from dad. As might be expected, there are some complications, but there is finally acceptance and reunion as father and daughter reconcile by the end of the movie. Thirteen songs and eight dances surround the dialog in this comedy/ musical. This film is also the first major role for Debbie Reynolds (Maureen O'Grady). Written by horacep

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James Barton (Dennis O'Grady) was an actual vaudeville song and dance man before breaking into movies. See more »


Tony Pastor was born in 1837 so he would have been MUCH older than Gordon Macrae. See more »


References A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947) See more »


The Rose of Tralee
Music by Charles W. Glover
Lyrics by C. Mordaunt Spencer
Sung by Gordon MacRae
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Three Regular Old Fashioned Girls
27 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After Look For The Silver Lining Gordon MacRae and June Haver were teamed again for The Daughter Of Rosie O'Grady another period musical. This one is set in 1898 the year of the Spanish-American War and MacRae plays the real life vaudeville entertainer and impresario Tony Pastor who falls for one of the daughters of Rosie O'Grady.

MacRae looked remarkably well I have to say because in 1898 the real Tony Pastor was 61 years old and the objections of James Barton the husband and father of the daughters of Rosie O'Grady might well have been understood as cradle robbing.

June is only one of the daughters, but she's the one with the stage ambitions. Marcia Mae Jones is the oldest and is secretly married to returning Spanish American War veteran and policeman Sean McClory. But they're keeping it a secret from Barton though something is on the way that will blow the secret wide open.

Barton plays your blustering Irish American father, the part usually reserved for Barry Fitzgerald. He's got some objection to McClory so Jones and McClory are trying to work up nerve to tell him. Barton and his late wife were a vaudeville team back in the day, but her early death has soured him on show business. He has forbidden his daughters to even think about the stage and wants them to make marriages to men of substance.

The youngest daughter is Debbie Reynolds who is her usual perky self, but really hasn't a whole lot to do in this film. It might have been nice to team her with Gene Nelson who is one of the performers at Tony Pastor's. Nelson of course shows again why he came along just a tad too late to musicals.

Nothing special in The Daughter Of Rosie O'Grady, but the cast performs well and there's a nice Christmas finale to the film.

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Release Date:

29 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Filha de Rosie O'Grady See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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