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Ireland: 'The Emerald Isle' (1934)

This Traveltalks entry focuses on the people, culture, and natural beauty of rural Ireland with visits to an ancient round tower, farms, the gardens at Hope Castle in Castleblayney, and the ancient village of Claddagh at Galway.

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Stars: James A. FitzPatrick
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This Traveltalks visit to Ireland starts with a look at the countryside, with its farms, small villages, and fields with walls and fences built of stone without the use of mortar. We then visit Hope Castle in Castleblayney and end our journey in Galway. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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11 December 1934 (USA)  »

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The unidentified singer who sings "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling " sounds like Dennis Day. See more »

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James A. FitzPatrick, Narrator: Regardless of the changes wrought by time, we'll always think of Ireland as a country of smiles and tears, of pathos and tragedy, of legend and song. May their priceless music go down thorough the centuries, and her smiles over balance their tears. And it is with this thought that we say: Farewell to Ireland, the Emerald Isle!
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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Performed by unidentified male vocalist accompanied by Nathaniel Shilkret's Traveltalk Orchestra
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17 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Ireland: The Emerald Isle (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Early TravelTalks entry from MGM takes us to Ireland where we get plenty of nice things to see. We start off taking a stop at the Ancient Round Towers and hear briefly about them before moving onto the farm land where we're told that most farmers live off the land and might just make pennies a week. We learn that the green that's all around is due to constantly rain fall and we get to see many rocks and boulders that separate the farms. We learn how important donkeys are and we get to hear the story behind Hope Castle. Then, for some reason, we're told that beautiful children is a must but we're never told what happens if the kids aren't beautiful (and they examples they give are very short of beauty). If you're a fan of the series then you'll certainly want to view this one as it's pretty clear that the earliest shorts in the series were always among the best. The beautiful Technicolor gives us plenty of terrific looking visuals and as usual James A. Fitzpatrick's narration is grand.


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