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Irish Eyes Are Smiling
     

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Director: Gregory Ratoff,

Cast: Gregory Ratoff, Monty Woolley, June Haver, Dick Haymes

 
This Technicolor musical biopic stars Argentina-born Dick Haymes as Irish-American composer Ernest R. Ball. Climbing to fame with such sentimental songs as "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" (hence the title), Ball romances a lovely showgirl (June Haver), who in turn catches the eye of a charming underworld character (Anthony Quinn). Monty Woolley does a variation of

Overview

This Technicolor musical biopic stars Argentina-born Dick Haymes as Irish-American composer Ernest R. Ball. Climbing to fame with such sentimental songs as "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" (hence the title), Ball romances a lovely showgirl (June Haver), who in turn catches the eye of a charming underworld character (Anthony Quinn). Monty Woolley does a variation of The Man who Came to Dinner in his role as a roguish Broadway producer. Seldom cluttering up its story with the facts, Irish Eyes are Smiling is chiefly a showcase for the superb singing of Dick Haymes. The film was produced by legendary journalist Damon Runyon, which should surprise several citizens more than somewhat.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Irish Eyes Are Smiling is an awful lot of hokum and baloney, but for those in the mood for an undemanding piece way to pass the time, it has a good deal of attraction. Anyway, no one expect Hollywood to be any good at biographies -- especially when they're songwriter biopics, where the only reason they're being filmed is to give the creators an excuse for a bunch of musical numbers. That's really the only excuse for Smiling, because the screenplay is strictly from hunger (and doesn't really make much sense into the bargain). Still, what does it matter when you have some yummy Technicolor settings splashed across the screen, taking advantage of its turn-of-the-century-ish time frame to parade a few lovely costumes? Besides, there's Monty Woolley, behaving in that irascible but irresistible manner of his, throwing in some sarcasm-laced asides every so often. And June Haver has rarely looked prettier, which is saying quite a lot indeed, and handles her musical numbers with considerable skill. Dick Haymes is no great actor, but he's in exceptionally fine voice, and that's what matters in this kind of picture. Throw in an over-qualified Anthony Quinn and some dependable character actors in support, and the result is an entertaining, if empty, little picture.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
UPC:
0024543878186
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
28,552

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monty Woolley Edgar Brawley
June Haver Mary "Irish" O'Brien
Dick Haymes Ernest R. Ball
Anthony Quinn Al Jackson
"Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom Stanley Ketchel
Veda Ann Borg Belle La Tour
Clarence Kolb Betz
Leonard Warren Metropolitan Opera Singer
Blanche Thebom Metropolitan Opera Singer
Chick Chandler Stage Manager
Michael Dalmatoff Headwaiter
Marion Martin Prima Donna
William Newell Ticket Clerk
Pat O'Malley Steward
Minerva Urecal Militant Wife
Kenneth Williams Specialty Dancer
Eddie Acuff Harry
Marietta Canty Phoebe the Maid
Maurice Cass Dr. Medford
George Chandler Electrician
Art Foster Sparring Partner
Mary Gordon Irish Woman
Arthur Hohl Barker
John Farrell MacDonald Doorman
Frank Marlowe Messenger
Leo Mostovoy Pawnbroker
Joey Ray 2nd Electrician
Harry Seymour Pianist
John Sheehan Referee
Ray Spiker Acrobat
Emmett Vogan Purser
Ray Walker Messenger
Beverly Whitney Lucille Lacey
Charles Williams Song Promoter
Sam Wren Piano Player
Robert E. Homans Policeman
Charles Wilson Detective

Technical Credits
Gregory Ratoff Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
John Tucker Battle Screenwriter
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Harmon Jones Editor
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
Hermes Pan Choreography
Damon Runyon Producer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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