The Luck of the Irish (1948)


“Do you know the oldest and noblest occupation of them all?” – David C. Augur

“I think so.” – Stephen Fitzgerald

“[after an embarrassing pause] I mean politics.” – David C. Augur

“Well, you’ll admit there are certain points of similarity.” – Stephen Fitzgerald

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – While traveling in Ireland, an American reporter meets beautiful young woman and a short older man who may actually be a Leprechaun.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before coming across the fact that Cecil Kellaway was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this film because it is so much fun as a modern day fairy tale.

The story itself is paced quite well and they find ways to keep things both fun and interesting the entire way through.

The cast is quite good with Tyrone Powers, Anne Baxter and Lee. J. Cobb all giving pretty intriguing performances here.

I can definitely understand how Kellaway could get an Oscar nomination for his role here as a servant who may or may not be a Leprechaun and is able to steal every scene he is in because he is able to make his character so much fun to watch.

His performance allows the film to actually have a magical feeling to it which is exactly what is needed here.

The story deal with some great themes and they manage to present them really well so that we can get a clear understanding about the moral and ethical repercussions of things which in turn helps force the characters to look within themselves in order to figure out what their true inner selves are meant to be.

Bottom Line – Fun premise that works as a modern day fairy tale. The story moves along at a nice pace and stays interesting throughout. Powers, Baxter and Cobb all do fine jobs here with their characters. But it’s Kellaway who is perfectly cast as the servant who may or may not be a Leprechaun and steals every scene he is in because it all flows so well. His performance is what stands out in this film and it gives it all a very magical feel which is exactly what it’s meant to do. The themes are presented well and we get a clear picture about the various moral and ethical issues that keep coming up which force the characters to show their true selves throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – An atmospheric scene designed by Henry Koster to introduce the leprechaun was cut by producer ‘Darryl Zanuck’, according to the director. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “The Luck of the Irish (1948)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1948 | MovieRob

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