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"In Old Chicago" (1938: USA) (115 min & rereleased at 95 min) J. Anthony Hughes, Alice Brady, Tyrone Power, Don Ameche, Alice Faye, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Berton Churchill, Sidney Blackner, Gene Reynolds, Bob Watson Dir: Henry King -(Note: The real-life Mrs. O'Leary was vindicated in modern times by the City of Chicago of having any involvement with the starting of the great fire. Anti-Irish and anti-immigrant sentiments at the time of the fire had been quick to unfairly place blame with Mrs. O'Leary.) -Alice Brady won an oscar for best supporting actress in her role as Mrs. Molly O'Leary. -Screenplay by Lamar Trotti and Sonya Levien -Based upon a story by Niven Busch. -The O'Leary family heads west as pioneers into the mid-west and settles in Chicago. Years later, Mrs. O'Leary's cow knocks over a lamp which supposedly caused the 1871 Chicago Fire.

"Incendiary Blonde" (1945: U.S.A.) (113 min) Betty Hutton, Arturo de Cordova, Charlie Ruggles, Albert Dekker, Barry Fitzgerald, Mary Phillips, Bill Goodwin Dir: George Marshall -Texas Guinan's paternal grandparents came from Ireland. -Besides being a singer, Guinan was also an actress, appearing in more than 30 films between 1917 and 1933. -Film has lots of songs of the prohibition era. -Fictitious biographical film about real-life Irish-American Texas Guinan, who was a Jazz Age singer and speakeasy hostess. She survives bootleggers, gangsters, nightclubs, and boyfriends.

"Irene" (1926: USA) (silent film) Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes Dir: Alfred E. Green -Based upon a 1919 hit stage musical on Broadway. -Film was remade in 1940. -Irene O'Dare leaves her home in Philadelphia for New York City. Although she is from an Irish working-class family, she aspires to be a model and is aided in that aspiration by Donald Marshall, an Anglo-Saxon member of the upper-class. The two fall in love, and his mother hires a genealogist to investigate Irene's background. To Mrs. Marshall's horror and Irene's embarrassment, Irene's laundress mother shows up at a fashion show. Irene runs back to Philadelphia, but Donald chases her. He declares his undaunted love no matter what his mother might think.

"Irene" (1940: USA) (104 min) Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, Alan Marshal, Roland Young, May Robson, Billie Burke, Marsha Hunt, Arthur Treacher, Tommy Kelly Dir: Herbert Wilcox (Wilcox was born in Ireland.) -Only a few of the songs from the stage-musical appear. -The song "Alice Blue Gown" was popular. -Remake of the 1926 film of the same title.

"Irish Eyes are Smiling" (1944) (90 min) June Haver, Dick Haymes, Monty Woolley, Anthony Quinn, Maxie Rosenbloom, Veda Ann Borg Dir: Gregory Ratoff -Biographical film about Ernest R. Ball. -Some of the songs are: 'A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure They call it Ireland'; 'Mother Macree'; 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'. -Musical about the man who wrote the title song. Eleven Irish late 19th-century melodies are featured, but the film is lacking.

"The Irish in Us" (1935: U.S.A.) (84 min) James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Olivia de Havilland, Frank McHugh, Allen Jenkins, Mary Gordon Dir: Lloyd Bacon -A dated blarney comedy with action. -Two Irish brothers, a policeman and a boxing promoter, compete for the hand of the same woman. After one brother wins out, family harmony is restored via the boxing ring.

"Irish Luck" (1939) (58 min) Frankie Darro, Dick Purcell, Sheila Darcy, Grant Withers Dir: Howard Bretherton -Strange happenings in a hotel turn a bellhop into a detective.

"Irish Whiskey Rebellion" (1972) (93 min) William Devane, Anne Meara, Richard Mulligan, David Groh, Judie Rolin, William Challee, Stephen Joyce Dir: J.C. Works -During prohibition in the U.S., Irish bootleggers sell to Americans and take profits to fund the IRA.

"The Iron Horse" (1924: USA) (119 min) (silent film) Francis Powers, James Welch, J. Farrell MacDonald, George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy, Cyril Chadwick, Fred Kohler, Gladys Hulette Dir: John Ford -Three Irishmen, who are all ex-soldiers, lead the multi-ethnic workforce in completing the transcontinental railway in 1869. Sergeant Slattery, Corporal Pat Casey, and Private Mackay work for the symbolic moment of defining the nation.

"Ironweed" (1987) (144 min) (rated R) Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Margaret Whitton, Tom Waits, Jake Dengel, Nathan Lane, James Gammon, Joe Grifasi, Bethel Leslie, Ted Levine, Frank Whaley Dir: Hector Babenco -Adapted from William Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. -In Albany, New York, in 1938, two drunks are plagued by their pasts.

"JFK" (1991) (189 min) (rated R) Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek Dir: Oliver Stone -An investigation into the murder of U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and, in effect, the placing of the CIA on trial.

"The Jackal" (1998) (125 min) (rated R) Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora Dir: Michael Caton-Jones -The KGB, the FBI, the CIA, an IRA man, and a Basque separatist team up to combat the most feared terrorist of all: an American whose only interest is making a buck.

"Kelly the Second" (1936) Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Patsy Kelly, Charley Chase, Pert Kelton, Edward Brophy, Maxie "Slapsie" Rosenbloom, Harold Huber, DeWitt Jennings, Billy Gilbert, Syd Saylor Dir: Gus Meins -A punch-drunk boxer tries to win again with the encouragement of his trainer and manager.

Keystone Cops Produced by: Mack Sennett See: "Murphy's I.O.U." (1913) "The Riot" (1913)

"Kitty Foyle" (1940: U.S.) (107 min) Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Gladys Cooper, Ernest Cossart, Eduardo Ciannelli Dir: Sam Wood -Working-class Irish woman tries to choose between a doctor and a Philadelphia man of money. Rogers won an Oscar for her performance.

"Kitty From Killarney" (1926) Dir: Mack Sennett

"Klondike Annie" (1936) (77 min) Mae West, Victor McLaglen, Philip Reed, Helen Jerome Eddy, Harry Beresford, Harold Huber, Conway Tearle, Esther Howard Dir: Raoul Walsh -A woman, who had killed in self-defense, is on the run to the Yukon from a murder charge. A ship's captain falls for her and helps her.

"Knockout Reilly" (1927: U.S.A.) Richard Dix, Mary Brian Dir: Malcolm St. Clair -Dundee Reilly, a former New Jersey steelmill worker turned boxer, falls for Mary Malone, whose brother Pat is an ex-boxer. When Killer Agerra tries to force himself on Mary, Reilly knocks him out. However, Reilly is then framed for a shooting and goes to jail where he stays in shape. Upon being released and at ringside, Reilly is informed by Mary that Agerra was the one who framed him.

"Knute Rockne, All-American" (1940: U.S.A.) (96 min) Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Donald Crisp, Ronald Reagan, Albert Bassermann, John Qualen Dir: Lloyd Bacon -Film includes the "win just one for the Gipper" speech by the star player (Reagan). -Biography of famed University of Notre Dame football coach (O'Brien) and his interaction with his star player George Gipp.

"The Last Hurrah" (1958: U.S.A.) (121 min) Spencer Tracy, Edward Brophy, Ricardo Cortez, James Gleason, Pat O'Brien, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp, John Carradine, Frank McHugh, Jane Darwell, Anna Lee, Charles FitzSimmons, Ken Curtis, O.Z. Whitehead, Jack Pennick, Dan Borzage Dir: John Ford -Based upon novel by Edwin O'Connor. -Story is loosely based upon life of Boston Mayor James Curley. -Two years after the film was released, JFK was elected U.S. president. -Presumedly in Boston, Mayor Skeffington's re-election defeat signals the end of Irish influence in big-city 'machine politics' where Irish working-class people and WASP bankers engaged in political struggle.

"Laughing Irish Eyes" (1936: U.S.A.) Phil Regan, Warren Hymer, John Sheehan Dir: Joseph Santley -Pat Kelly of the Irish-American Athletic Club of New York City goes to Ireland to see if he will buy Boxer Tiger O'Keefe from his trainer, Joe Cronin. When Tiger gets beat by Danno O'Keefe, a singer, Kelly takes Danno back to the U.S. instead. Although he fights reluctantly, Danno becomes champion. He then leaves the ring for a singing career on the radio and marries Kelly's daughter Peggy.

"Laughter in Hell" (1933: U.S.A) Pat O'Brien, Merna Kennedy, Arthur Vinton Dir: Edward L. Cahn -An Irish miner in Tennessee marries, but he returns home one day to find his wife in the arms of her lover. In a fit of anger, the miner kills them both. After being sent away with a life sentence, he escapes from the prison camp, whereupon he meets a young woman whose parents have both died in an epidemic. With this woman, he attempts to cross the state line.

"Leprechaun 2" (1994) (85 min) (rated R) Warwick Davis, Charlie Heath, Shevonne Durkin, Sandy Baron, Adam Biesk, James Lancaster, Clint Howard, Kimmy Robertson Dir: Rodman Flender -A leprechaun goes to L.A. to claim his bride and goes on a killing spree. Poor sequel to an even poorer movie.

"Leprechaun 3" (1995) (93 min) (rated R) Warwick Davis, Lee Armstrong, John Gatins, Caroline Williams Dir: Brian Trenchard-Smith -A leprechaun goes to Las Vegas. Best of a bad lot of horror films.

"Life of Riley" (1948) (87 min) William Bendix, James Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp, Bill Goodwin, Beulah Bondi, Meg Randall, Richard Long, John Brown Dir: Irving Bretcher -Feature film based upon popular radio show and the precursor to a subsequent TV show. -Chester A. Riley is a working-class fellow that deals with one situation after another. -Digger O'Dell's life is a black comedy.

"Little Annie Rooney" (1925: U.S.A.) (97 min) Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James, Gordon Griffith, Carlo Schippa Dir: William Beaudine -The film mixes blarney with comedy, sentiment and melodrama, making this one of Mary Pickford's weakest roles. -Annie Rooney and her brother seek revenge for their father's murder by Kid Kelly's gang on New York's East Side.

"Little Nellie Kelly (1940) (100 min) Judy Garland, George Murphy, Charles Winninger, Douglas McPhail Dir: Norman Taurog -Musical based upon George M. Cohan play. -Garland sings, "It's a Great Day for the Irish," "Singin' in the Rain," and other songs. -A young girl tries to patch up the relationship between her father and her maternal grandfather, who carries a grudge because his daughter died in childbirth with Nellie.

"Live a Little, Steal a Lot" See: "Murph the Surf"

"The Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962) (136 min) Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jr., Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Barr Dir: Sidney Lumet -Based upon a tragedy by Eugene O'Neil, which was largely autobiographical. -In the 1910s, a New England family's intra-familial relationships waiver between love & hate and guilt & pride. The drug-addicted wife of a pompous actor fights a losing struggle while one of her sons is an alcoholic and the other son is dying of tuberculosis.

"The Long Gray Line" (1955) (138 min) Tyrone Power, Milburn Stone, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Ward Bond, Donald Crisp, Betsy Palmer, Phil Carey, Harry Carey, Jr. Dir: John Ford -Young Irish-immigrant Marty Maher joins the staff at the military academy at West Point and becomes the academy's athletics trainer. When he becomes 70 years old, he is asked to retire. Instead, he appeals to President Eisenhower who grants him an interview and listens to his life's story.

"The Luck of Ginger Coffey" (1964: Canadian/U.S.) (100 min) Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Liam Redmond, Tom Harvey, Libby McClintock Dir: Irvin Kershner -Irish couple, with their daughter, moves to Montreal, but the husband struggles both to make the transition and to succeed.

"Luck of the Irish" (1920) (silent film) James Kirkwood -Drama involving fisticuffs.

"Luck of the Irish" (1937) (80 min) Richard Hayward, Kay Walsh, Niall MacGinnis Dir: Donovan Pedelty -A manor owner mortgages his property to bet it all on a horse in the Grand Steeplechase. (A comedy.)

"Luck of the Irish" (1948) (99 min) Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Cecil Kellaway, Lee J. Cobb, Jayne Meadows, James Todd Dir: Henry Koster -A leprechaun aids a journalist visiting Ireland in choosing between the daughter of his newspaper boss and a lovely colleen. (From the novel: There was a little man.)

"The Maltese Falcon" (1941) (100 min) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Walter Huston, Lee Patrick, Elisha Cook, Jr., Barton MacLane, Ward Bond, Gladys George, Jerome Cowan Dir: John Huston (directs his first film)(John Huston was an Irish-American who gained Irish citizenship later in life.) -Sam Spade encounters Brigid O'Shaughnessey in this detective adventure.

"McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971) (121 min) (rated R) Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Keith Carradine, William Devane, Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy, Hugh Millais, Jack Riley Dir: Robert Altman -Based upon a novel entitled 'McCabe' by Edmund Naughton. -Adapted by Brian McKay and Robert Altman. -This film deglamorizes Hollywood's image of the period with realistic visions. -At the turn of the century, McCabe, an ambitious small-timer and braggart, opens a bordello in a western boom town.

"The McConnell Story" (1955) (107 min) Alan Ladd, June Allyson, James Whitmore, Frank Faylen Dir: Gordon Douglas -Fictional biography of a jet test pilot and his understanding wife.

"The McCullocks" See: "The Wild McCullocks"

"McFadden's Flats" (1927: U.S.A.) Charlie Murray, Edna Murphy, Aggie Herring Dir: Richard Wallace -Irish hod-carrier Dan McFadden becomes a building contractor who builds McFadden's Flats, making him eventually into a millionaire. Dan sends his daughter Mary Ellen to a finishing school, and she later returns with changed ways, now living the flapper lifestyle and abandoning Sandy, her former Scottish boyfriend. After Dan paddles Mary Ellen's bottom with a brush to the horror of his wife, Mary Ellen reconciles with Sandy.

"McLintock!" (1963) (122 min) John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Yvonne De Carlo, Chill Wills, Bruce Cabot, Jack Kruschen, Jerry Van Dyke, Perry Lopez, Stother Martin Dir: Andrew V. McLaglen -Produced by Michael Wayne. -O'Hara's character gets a public spanking in this western version of 'Taming of the Shrew; not recommended for feminists. -Cattle Baron G.W. McLintock comes into conflict with his estranged wife who comes home seeking a divorce while their daughter returns home from college.

"The McMasters" (1970) (89 min & 97 min) (rated PG) Brock Peters, Burl Ives, David Carradine, Nancy Kwan, Jack Palance, John Carradine Dir: Alf Kjellin -See also: "The Blood Crowd" & "The McMasters...Tougher Than the West Itself" -Shortly after the U.S. Civil War, an African- American ex-soldier of the Union Army returns to the ranch of his former master, where the ex-soldier is eventually made co-owner of the land. After having difficulty in finding workers who will work for him, he finds help from native Americans. A band of white bigots attempt to thwart the ex-soldier's efforts. The film was released with two different endings: one where prejudice prevails and one where bigotry is defeated.

"The McMasters..Tougher Than the West Itself" See:"TheMcMasters"

"McQ" (1974) (116 min) (rated PG) John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Al Lettieri, Julie Adams Dir: John Sturges -In Seattle, an aging Irish-American cop tries to get the gangster who murdered the cop's partner.

"Men of Boys Town" (1941) (106 min) Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Darryl Hickman, Henry O'Neill, Lee J. Cobb, Sidney Miller Dir: Norman Taurog -Father Flanagan's reformatory faces closure. Sequel to "Boys Town".

"Miller's Crossing" (1990) (115 min) (rated R) Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman, Mike Starr, Al Mancini, Michael Jeter, Frances McDormand Dir: Joel Coen -Script by the Coen brothers (Joel & Ethan). -During prohibition and in 1929 on eastcoast America, an Irish mob comes into internal conflict as well as facing the challenge of rivals.

"The Molly Maguires" (1969) (124 min) Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar Dir: Martin Ritt -In the 1870s, coal miners struggle to improve their lot despite the efforts of Pinkerton detectives hired by the coal business owners.

"Murph the Surf" (1975) (102 min) (rated PG) Robert Conrad, Donna Mills Dir: Marvin J. Chomsky -Based upon a true story involving a 1964 crime. -See: "Live a Little, Steal a Lot" -Two Florida beach bums conspire to steal the 564-carat Star of Africa sapphire out of New York's American Museum of Natural History.

"Murphy's I.O.U." (1913) Dir: Henry Lehrman -Part of the Keystone Kops series by Mack Sennett. -Possibly part of the Murphy the Cop series.

"My Wild Irish Rose" (1947) (101 min) Dennis Morgan, Arlene Dahl, George O'Brien Dir: David Butler -Musical supposedly based upon the life of Composer Chauncey Olcott.

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