Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Good wishes to all for a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Turner Classic Movies is running a nice lineup of Irish-themed movies today, including PEG O' MY HEART (1933), THE IRISH IN US (1935), THREE CHEERS FOR THE IRISH (1940), and MY WILD IRISH ROSE (1947).

Other Irish-themed films reviewed here in the past which won't be on TCM this year, but are available on DVD: I SEE A DARK STRANGER (1946), THE LUCK OF THE IRISH (1948), and THE QUIET MAN (1952).

Have a wonderful holiday!


Blogger James Corry said...

Hey Laura, with your "joined-at-the-hip to Disney, I'd have thought that you would've recommended the delightful fantasy "Darby O'Gill And The Little People".....fabulous movie! JUST right for St. Patty's Day!



8:11 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Brad, that's a great recommendation -- in fact I had hoped to have time to review that one this week although I don't know if my current work schedule will allow it. :) I haven't seen it for a few years.

One more idea: FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1968) with Fred Astaire!

Best wishes,

8:32 AM  
Blogger la peregrina said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, Laura. I recorded The Irish In Us and will be watching it this afternoon. I'm a sucker for James Cagney/Pat O'Brien movies.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I hope you enjoy it, La Peregrina. I found that one pretty "creaky" but it's always good to see Cagney, O'Brien, and deHavilland!

Thanks for your good wishes, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Best wishes,

10:00 AM  
Blogger la peregrina said...

You are right, not one of the best but it was fun to watch Cagney, O'Brien and de Havilland and Allen Jenkins. My favorite scenes were the ones with de Havilland and Jenkins. Together they created more sparks than de havilland did with either Cagney or O'Brien.

I also enjoy Mary Gordon who played "the boys" mother. She was Mrs. Hudson in the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Homes movies. I looked her up and found out that she was born in 1882 which would have made her about 53 years old when she made The Irish In Us. That makes her about the same age as Madonna at the time. People did look older back then.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I enjoyed your feedback!

It's interesting about people looking older then -- I have been surprised at times to realize Barbara Stanwyck was "only" in her mid-'40s when she chopped off her hair and started looking a lot older. There have been other times when I was surprised to realize an actor or most often an actress was younger than I expected.

Best wishes,

1:59 PM  
Blogger panavia999 said...

People did not "look older back then", they looked their age. Madonna doesn't look her age because she puts a lot of money into personal repair and maintainence. It's a job requirement for a pop star.

5:18 PM  
Blogger la peregrina said...

Nope, I still say people looked older back then but I agree Madonna was a bad example. How about Dawn French?

6:54 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

I'm going for the Quiet Man. Love that movie and Maureen O'Hara's commentary is great.

7:02 PM  

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