Monday, March 17, 2008

Tonight's Movie: Three Cheers for the Irish (1940)

For the second year in a row, I marked St. Patrick's Day with an Irish-themed film from Warner Bros. (Of course, it's a bit questionable as to whether today was actually St. Patrick's Day, but that's another story...) Tonight's movie was THREE CHEERS FOR THE IRISH, a very enjoyable bit o' blarney starring Priscilla Lane and Dennis Morgan as an Irish colleen and the Scots policeman she loves, to the horror of her father (Thomas Mitchell).

Mitchell is full of his usual bluster, but he's also quite touching at times. Morgan and Lane, with their sparkling eyes and dazzling smiles, are highly appealing as the young lovers.

The cast also includes Virginia Grey and Irene Hervey as Lane's sisters. Alan Hale, William Lundigan, and Frank Jenks are also in the cast.

The movie was directed by Lloyd Bacon. It runs 99 minutes.

THREE CHEERS FOR THE IRISH can be seen on TCM. (There are those of us who would be very happy with a Priscilla Lane boxed DVD set, though I suspect that's a pipe dream.)

The trailer is here.

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