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The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance | 15 September 1948 (USA)
Following American reporter Stephen Fitzgerald from Ireland to New York, a grateful leprechaun acts as the newsman's servant and conscience.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Philip Dunne, Constance Jones (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Stephen Fitzgerald
Anne Baxter ... Nora
Cecil Kellaway ... Horace (A Leprechaun)
Lee J. Cobb ... David C. Augur
James Todd James Todd ... Bill Clark
Jayne Meadows ... Frances Augur
J.M. Kerrigan ... Tatie the Innkeeper
Phil Brown ... Tom Higginbotham
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Cornelius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Dietrich Helen Dietrich ... Piano player
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Storyline

Steven Fitzgerald, a newpaper reporter from New York, meets a leprechaun and a beautiful young woman while traveling in Ireland. When he returns to his fiance and her wealthy father's political campaign in New York, he finds that the leprechaun and the young woman are now in New York as well. Steven is torn between the wealth he might enjoy in New York or returning to his roots in Ireland. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Choosing good is the real pot of gold!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave It to the Irish See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (green tinted) (partly)| Black and White (partly)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peggy Cummins was first considered as Norah, while both Barry Fitzgerald and Will Fyffe were contenders for the role of the leprechaun. See more »

Goofs

When Horace is jumping over the sofa in the scene where Stephen is chasing him, the stuntman's wig clearly falls halfway off his head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Fitzgerald: This can't be right. Let me see that map.
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Alternate Versions

The opening and closing scenes, which take place in Ireland, were tinted green in the original theatrical showings. TV prints of "The Luck of The Irish" are in black-and-white only. The recent DVD release includes both versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Trick or Treatment (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Garryowen
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band at the party
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Leprechaun in New York City???--what next?
1 September 1999 | by renfield54See all my reviews

Tyrone Power and Cecil Kellaway (the leprechaun) make this modern day, comic, fairy tale a wonder to behold (and I'm not even Irish). Their performances are excellent and make a possibly hokey story into a gem. The old traditions that may seem "quaint" to an outsider, or in this case, our sophisticated hero (visiting the bumpkins), are just as odd to a displaced leprechaun in New York City (there to settle a debt of honor). The traditions and ties borrowed from the old country will touch your heart and help better define what is true-ly important in life.

Our leprechaun is a bit unorthodox (of course), but he makes a believer our of our hero, cynical to the extreme. "Luck of the Irish" makes you want to believe, and at the end of the movie, will leave you warm and content, with a smile on your face.....


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