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Rooney (1958)

The life of James Ignatius Rooney, a Dublin rubbish collector during the week and a Gaelic sportsman at the weekends.

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

Catherine Cookson (novel), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gregson ... James Ignatius Rooney
Muriel Pavlow ... Maire Hogan
Barry Fitzgerald ... Grandfather
June Thorburn ... Doreen O'Flynn
Noel Purcell ... Tim Hennessy
Marie Kean ... Mrs. O'Flynn (as Maire Kean)
Liam Redmond ... Mr. Doolan
Jack MacGowran ... Joe O'Connor
Eddie Byrne ... Micky Hart
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Paddy Ryan
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Police Inspector
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs. Wall (as Pauline Delany)
Godfrey Quigley ... Tom Reilly
Irene Browne ... Mrs. Manning ffrench
Joan Phillips Joan Phillips ... Sheila O'Flynn
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The life of James Ignatius Rooney, a Dublin rubbish collector during the week and a Gaelic sportsman at the weekends.

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Not since "The Quiet Man" has BARRY FITZGERALD played "CUPID" to the hearts of Irish lovers!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

O Galante Aventureiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rooney
Music by Philip Green (uncredited)
Lyrics for the song "Rooney" by Tommie Connor
Sung by Michael Holliday
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Cute little movie
17 May 2004 | by gdoempkeSee all my reviews

I fondly remember this one from seeing it on TV in the 1960s. Nice little Cinderella story of sorts, with a bit of the Blarney thrown in for some fun laughs. Nice characters. Good human interest plot, with the running subplot of amateur athlete (Rugby?) Rooney's attracting the mature landladies, which requires him to constantly find new lodgings. New lodgings involve him with the drama of the family of the house, and therein lies the story, and the romance. John Gregson makes a good strong lead, and Barry Fitzgerald adds his usual bit of Irish magic. Good solid performances from the supporting cast. This is a classic fun movie, and it is a shame it is not available on DVD or video.


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