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"Never Steal Anything Small" (1959 (94 min) James Cagney, Shirley Jones, Roger Smith, Cara Williams, Nehemiah Persoff, Royal Dano, Horace McMahon Dir: Charles Lederer -adapted from Maxwell Anderson-Rouben Mamoulian play "The Devil's Hornpipe" -Musical comedy-drama in which a racketeer works the waterfront to win a union election.

"One-Round Hogan" (1927: U.S.A.) Monte Blue, James J. Jeffries, Lelia Hymans Dir: Howard Bretherton -Former Boxer James J. Jeffries plays Tim Hogan. -Robert Emmet Hogan, who is the son of former boxer Tim Hogan, is light heavyweight champion of the world. He falls in love with Helen Davis who hates fighters and fighting but who does not know that he is a boxer. After being wrongly accused of responsibility for the death in the ring of Helen's brother, Hogan fights to clear his name. He is given added strength in the match when Helen comes to his side.

"Only the Lonely" (1991) (104 min) (rated PG-13) John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Quinn, James Belushi, Kevin Dunn, Milo O'Shea, Bert Remsen, Macaulay Culkin Dir: Chris Columbus -A 38-year-old Irish cop in Chicago falls in love but finds his domineering mother competing for his attention.

"O'Shaughnessy's Boy" (1935) (88 min) Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Spanky McFarland, Henry Stephenson, Leona Maricle, Sara Haden Dir: Richard Boleslawski -A man searches for his son, who was taken from him by a cruel wife.

"Paddy O'Day" (1935) (73 min) Jane Withers, Rita Cansino, Pinky Tomlin, Jane Darwell Dir: Lewis Seller -Young Irish woman searches for her mother in America. (A musical comedy.)

"Paddy, the Next Best Thing (1933) (75 min) Janet Gaynor, Warner Baxter, Walter Connolly, Harvey Stephens, Margaret Lindsay Dir: Harry Lachman -Da pressures his eldest daughter to marry a man whom she does not love.

"Pagan Love" (1920: USA) Mabel Ballin, Togo Yamamoto Dir: Hugo Ballin -Kathleen Levinsky, a young, blind woman from an Irish-Jewish family, is befriended by a young Chinese man, Tsing Yu-Ch'ing. Dr. Hardwick, a college friend of Tsing's, meets Kathleen and offers to operate on her eyes. She has the operation and her sight is restored. However, Kathleen now sees that Tsing is oriental and flees in fear from him. Upset with the loss of his love, Tsing returns to China and commits suicide during a time when Kathleen and Dr. Hardwick are developing their relationship.

"Patriot Games" (1992) (117 min) (rated R) Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Thora Birch, Sean Bean, Richard Harris, James Earl Jones, James Fox, Samuel L. Jackson, Polly Walker Dir: Phillip Noyce -A retired CIA agent on holiday in England kills an Irish radical during an assassination attempt on a member of the "royal" family. The dead man's brother comes to the United States for revenge.

"The People Against O'Hara" (1951) (102 min) Spencer Tracy, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak, Pat O'Brien, James Arness -Film about lawyers, in and out of court.

"The Prisoner of Avenue A" (1920: U.S.A.) Dir: John Ford -This was John Ford's first non-western film as director. -The film features an Irish-American political family.

"The Public Enemy" (1931: U.S.A.) (96 min & then 84 min) James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Eddie Woods, Beryl Mercer, Donald Cook, Joan Blondell, Mae Clarke Dir: William A. Wellman -The film is based in part upon real-life Irish gangsters, the Bugs Moran gang from Chicago, which had been largely wiped out by Al Capone in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. -This is the film where Cagney smashes a grapefruit in Clarke's face. -While a prohibition Irish-gangster rises and falls in Chicago, he comes into conflict with his law-abiding brother.

"Public Enemy's Wife" (1936: U.S.A.) (69 min) Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay, Robert Armstrong, Cesar Romero, Dick Foran Dir: Nick Grinde -A G-Man (O'Brien) uses as a pawn the wife of a gangster who is serving a life sentence and is insanely jealous about his wife.

"Reckless" (1984) (90 min) (rated R) Aidan Quinn, Daryl Hannah, Kenneth McMillan, Cliff DeYoung, Lois Smith, Adam Baldwin, Dan Hedaya, Jennifer Grey, Pamela Springsteen Dir: James Foley -Quinn's film debut. -A "good girl" falls in love with a rebel.

"The Red Badge of Courage" (1951) (69 min) Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano, John Dierkes, Arthur Hunnicutt, Tim Durant, Andy Devine Dir: John Huston -based upon novel by Stephen Crane. -re-edited for TV in 1974. -A Union soldier in the American Civil War sees the war close up.

"Riley the Cop" (1928: USA) J. Farrell MacDonald, Harry Schultz Dir: John Ford -James Riley is an Irish-American policeman who has been on his beat for more than twenty years without making an arrest. Contrasted to him German-American Police Officer Eitel Krausmeyer, who seems to adhere to a military-type discipline. When Riley goes to Germany on an assignment to bring back a suspect, he falls in love with a German woman whom he later finds out is Krausmeyer's sister.

"The Riot" (1913) Dir: Mack Sennett -Part of the Keystone Kops series by Mack Sennett. -The film climaxes in the Irish community of Shackville with an Irish/Jewish riot which the inept police try to break it up while only adding to the confusion.

"The Road To Wellville" (1994) (117 min) (rated R) Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Dana Carvey, Michael Lerner, Colm Meaney, John Neville, Lara Flynn Boyle, Traci Lind, Camryn Manheim, Norbert Weisser, Carole Shelley Dir: Alan Parker -adaptation of a comic novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle. -A couple arrives at a spa run by John W. Kellogg, the cornflake magnate.

"San Francisco" (1936: U.S.A.) (115 min) Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald, Clark Gable, Jack Holt, Jessie Ralph, Red Healey, Shirley Ross, Al Shean Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II -Father Tim Mullen tries to protect Mary Blake from the attentions of Blackie Norton around the time of the Great San Francisco earthquake and fire.

"Saturday Night" (1922: USA) Edith Roberts, Sylvia Ashton, Jack Mower, Leatrice Joy Dir: Cecil B. DeMille -Irish-American Shamrock O'Day is a laundress like her mother before her, and her boyfriend Tom McGuire is a chauffeur for Protestant Anglo-Saxon socialite Iris Van Suydam. Richard, Iris' fiance, becomes attracted to Shamrock, while Iris and Tom become lovers. As a result, Iris and Richard's engagement is called off. However, the new relationships don't work out despite weddings because neither Shamrock nor Tom can adjust to the social environment of the upper class. Finally, Shamrock and Tom sneak off one night to Coney Island together, and they return to find Iris and Richard waiting for them. Realizing the errors that they have all made, divorces are obtained. Tom then weds Shamrock, and Richard marries Iris.

"She's the One" (1996) (97 min) (rated R) Edward Burns, Mike McGlone, John Mahoney, Cameron Diaz, Maxine Bahns, Jennifer Aniston Dir: Edward Burns -Two brothers deal with their lives and loves.

"Side Street" (1929) Tom Moore, Matt Moore, Owen Moore Dir: Malcolm St. Clair -The Moore brothers were perhaps the best known Irish-American, film-acting family of the silent film era. -In New York City, the three O'Farrell brothers have taken different paths: Jimmy is a cop, John is an ambulance surgeon, and Dennis is secretly a bootlegger. When members of Dennis' gang ambush Jimmy, Dennis takes the bullets instead, dying in his brother's arms.

"The Singer Not the Song" (1961: U.K.) (129 min) John Mills, Mylene Demongeot, Dirk Bogarde, Eric Pohlmann Dir: Roy (Ward) Baker -In Mexico during the 1950s, Irish Catholic Priest Father Michael Keogh comes into conflict with a local bandit. Adding to his troubles, the priest finds that a young woman falls in love with him.

"Sleepers" (1996) (148 min) (rated R) Robert DeNiro, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, Bruno Kirby, Minnie Driver Dir: Barry Levinson -In the late 1960s, four boys from Hell's Kitchen get into trouble and are sent to a reform school, where the experience alters them forever.

"A Son of His Father" (1925: U.S.) Bessie Love Dir: Victor Fleming -A young Irish woman travels to the American west to join her brother who is working for a sheep rancher. After assisting with the capture of smugglers, Nora O'Shea marries the rancher.

"State of Grace" (1990) (144 min) (rated R) Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John C. Reilly, John Turturro, Burgess Meredith Dir: Phil Joanou -Irish-American "Westies" mobsters in New York City's "Hell's Kitchen" fight for survival with the police, the mafia, and a changing neighborhood in the 1980s. The film climaxes with a shootout in an Irish bar on St. Patrick's Day.

"Studs Lonigan" (1960: U.S.A.) (95 min) Christopher Knight, Dick Foran, Katherine Squire, Frank Gorshin, Venetia Stevenson, Carolyn Craig, Jack Nicholson Dir: Irving Lerner -Based upon the trilogy by James T. Farrell, which was a milestone in Irish-American literature when it was published in the 1930s. -Script by Philip Yordan. -This film and the books were the basis for a 1979 TV mini-series. -Studs Lonigan is a reckless young man in southside Chicago in the 1920s who is sexually active. He struggles with his authoritarian father, Patrick Lonigan, while Stud's mother is trapped between the two men whom she loves.

"The Subject Was Roses" (1968) (107 min) Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson, Martin Sheen, Don Saxon, Elaine Williams, Grant Gordon Dir: Ulu Grossbard -Based upon a Pulitzer prize-winning play by Frank D. Gilroy and adapted to the screen by Gilroy. -First film by Neal after her near-fatal stroke. -A young army veteran of WWII returns home to a strained relationship with his parents.

"The Sullivans" (1944) (111 min) Anne Baxter, Selena Royle, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell, James Cardwell, John Campbell, George Offerman, Jr., John Alvin, Edward Ryan Dir: Lloyd Bacon -See also: "The Fighting Sullivans" -Five brothers fight and die together while serving together on a U.S. naval ship in WWII.

"Sullivan's Travels" (1941) (91 min) Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Margaret Hayes, Porter Hall, Eric Blore, Robert Greig, Jimmy Conlin, Al Bridge, Franklin Pangborn Dir: Preston Sturges -A film director tires of making comedies and goes on the road without money so that he can experience life that will be the basis for a serious film.

"Sweet Daddies" (1926: U.S.A.) Charlie Murray, George Sidney Dir: Alfred Santell -Irish Stage Comedian Patrick O'Brien prematurely celebrates his son's graduation from college and is fired from his act for being drunk. Patrick O'Brien and Abie Finkleman become business partners, but, when they import molasses from the Bahamas, they become arrested as bootleggers. After the real bootlegger turns out to be the boyfriend of Abie's daughter, she and Patrick's son become engaged.

"Three Cheers for the Irish" (1940) (100 min) Thomas Mitchell, Dennis Morgan, Priscilla Lane, Irene Hervey, Alan Hale, Virginia Gray Dir: Lloyd Bacon -An Irish cop retires from the force and is elected alderman. He becomes upset when his daughter wants to marry a Scotsman.

"Traveller" (1997) (101 min) (rated R) Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg, Julianna Margulies, James Gammon, Luke Askew Dir: Jack Green -The adventures of Irish-American travellers in America.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945: U.S.A.) (128 min) Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner, Lloyd Nolan, Ted Donaldson, James Gleason, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander Dir: Elia Kazan -Based upon Betty Smith's novel. -Dunn won an Oscar & Garner received a special Academy Award -A young Irish woman tries to rise above the hardships of her tenement life in Brooklyn in the early 1900s despite her husband's drunkenness and frequent unemployment. A sympathetic Irish policeman attempts to help the family, and the young woman suppresses other desires she has for this policeman.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1974) (74 min) Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, Nancy Malone, Pamela Ferdin Dir: Joel Hardy -A poor remake of the 1945 film.

"True Confessions" (1981: U.S.A.) (108 min) (rated R) Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Jeanette Nolan, Charles Durning, Ed Flanders, Burgess Meredith, Rose Gregorio, Cyril Cusack, Kenneth McMillan, Dan Hedaya Dir: Ulu Grossbard -Adapted by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunn from Dunn's novel. -Based upon a true case. -Previously filmed as "Who is the Black Dahlia?" -Irish-American policeman Tom Spellacy who is working on a murder case finds that his brother, a powerful Catholic Church Monsignor, is a suspect. Despite the investigation, a close bond continues between the brothers.

"Two Small Bodies" (1993) (85 min) (not rated) Fred Ward, Suzy Amis Dir: Beth B -Two-actor film contains sexual situations, profanity, and violence. -Based upon a play by Neal Bell. -Eileen Maloney, an Irish-American working as a hostess in an exotic-dance bar, is suspected of killing her two young children by a police detective who relentlessly questions her. Eileen is strangely ambivalent over her loss, and the detective's questions are often provocative.

"Union Pacific" (1939: USA) (135 min) Barbara Stanwyck, J.M. Kerrigan, Joel McCrea, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, Brian Donleavy, Anthony Quinn, Lynne Overmann, Evelyn Keyes, Fuzzy Knight, Stanley Ridges, Regis Toomey Dir: Cecil B. DeMille -Stanwick attempts an Irish accent. -Story features Irish postmistress Mollie Monahan as the daughter of a train-driving father. Mollie finds herself in a triangle with two suitors as the transcontinental railroad is being completed.

"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964) (128 min) (rated G) Debbie Reynolds, Harve Pernell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen, Hermione Baddely, Audrey Christie, Martita Hunt, Harvey Lembeck Dir: Charles Walters -Backwoods Irish-American becomes one of the wealthiest women in Denver in the late 1800s. Musical. Based on a true story and a Broadway production.

"Up In Central Park" (1948) (88 min) Deanna Durbin, Albert Sharpe, Dick Haymes, Vincent Price, Tom Powers Dir: William A. Seiter -Screen version of a hit Broadway play. -Father and daughter arrive at Ellis Island from Ireland to begin a new life, and daughter finds herself helping a New York Times reporter with his campaign against political corruption by Boss Tweed at Tammany Hall.

"The Valley of Decision" (1945: U.S.) (111 min) Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp, Marsha Hunt, Lionel Barrymore, Gladys Cooper, Dan Duryea, Marshall Thompson, Preston Foster, Reginald Owen, Jessica Tandy, Barbara Everett, Dean Stokwell Dir: Tay Garnett -Irish-born actress Greer Garson won her fifth-in-a-row Oscar nomination as Best Actress for this film. -Based upon a novel by Marsha Daverport. -An Irish woman becomes a maid in a home of an industrialist in Pittsburgh in the 1870s. Over time, her role in the home changes radically.

"Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride" See: "A Family Matter"

"The Wild McCullocks" (1975) (93 min) (rated PG) Forrest Tucker, Max Baer, Julie Adams, Janice Heiden, Dennis Redfield, Don Grady, William Demarest Dir: Max Baer -Considered by some critics to be a forgettable Quiet-Man rip-off. -See : "The McCullocks" -A self-made Texas millionaire tries to raise his sons in his own two-fisted image, forcing one son to prove he is 'a man'.

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942: U.S.A.) (126 min) James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Irene Manning, Rosemary DeCamp, Richard Whorf, Jeanne Cagney, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Catlett, Frances Langford, Eddie Foy, Jr., George Tobias Dir: Michael Curtis -Cagney, who was a vaudeville and Broadway stage performer before going to Hollywood in 1930, won an Oscar for his performance, which includes singing and dancing. -Biographical film about Irish-American composer George M. Cohan.

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