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The Irish in Us (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 August 1935 (USA)
Two brothers, a police officer and a boxing promoter, vie for the affections of a lovely young woman.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screen play), Frank Orsatti (story idea)
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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Danny O'Hara
Pat O'Brien ... Pat O'Hara
Olivia de Havilland ... Lucille Jackson
Frank McHugh ... Mike O'Hara
Allen Jenkins ... 'Carbarn'
Mary Gordon ... Ma O'Hara
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson ... Doc Mullins (as Thomas Jackson)
Harvey Parry ... Joe Delancy (as Harvey Perry)
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The family consists of Pat, the cop, Mike the fireman, Danny the boxing promoter and Ma. Pat wants Danny to get a real job, because most of his fighters end up in Polookaville and Pat wants to marry Lucille. This means that he will leave the family and Danny needs a income to help support Ma. But Danny believes he has the fighter named Carbarn who will bring him fortune and is going with that. But Lucille meets Danny on the road one day and it means trouble for the family as she does not love Pat, but loves Danny. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy

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At the beginning of the film, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving onto the stove to the right of Ma O'Hara. See more »

Connections

References Berkeley Square (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as dance music by the band at the firemen's ball
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Lightweight but enjoyable.
25 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Years ago, I read James Cagney's autobiography. In it he talked about 'the Irish mafia'--a group of very close friends he had on and off camera. This is a rare case where all four members of this group were together in the same film--Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh and Allan Jenkins (fine, I don't think Jenkins was Irish--but he was still a member of this group of friends). It looks like the friends had a lovely time making the film but it is an awfully lightweight and rather brainless film. Enjoyable...but brainless.

Ma O'Hara (Mary Gordon) has three grown sons that live with her: Danny (Cagney), Pat (O'Brien) and Mike (McHugh). While Pat and Mike respectable jobs, Danny, the youngest, is a bit of a dreamer and hopes to make his fortune managing boxers. However, he has nothing to show for his efforts and Ma is hoping he'll soon follow in his brothers' footsteps.

Into this family come two people. First, a brainless boxer named 'Carbarn' (Jenkins)--and he's the least likely looking boxer I can recall having seen in film. Second, Pat brings home Lucille (Olivia de Havilland) and plans on marrying her. However, they barely know each other and Pat is seriously premature. To make it worse, Lucille has already met Danny...and is quite interested. So what's to become of all these characters? Well, it all comes to a head at one of the most ridiculous boxing matches on film where a first-time fighter gets to fight the champ!!!

The whole picture is ridiculous and mindless...but also kind of fun. It's a turn your brain off and enjoy sort of time-passer. Agreeable but very, very slight due to the fluff-like plot that never seems the least bit real. What saves it is the likability of the actors...period.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1935 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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