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Top o' the Morning (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 August 1949 (USA)
A singing insurance investigator comes to Ireland to recover the stolen Blarney Stone...and romance the local policeman's daughter.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (original screenplay), Richard L. Breen (original screenplay) (as Richard Breen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Joe Mulqueen
Ann Blyth ... Conn McNaughton
Barry Fitzgerald ... Sergeant Briany McNaughton
Hume Cronyn ... Hughie Devine
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Biddy O'Devlin
John McIntire ... Inspector Fallon
Tudor Owen ... Cormac Gillespie
Jimmy Hunt ... Pearse O'Neill
Morgan Farley ... Edwin Livesley
John Eldredge ... E. L. Larkin
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... Dowdler
John Costello John Costello ... Village Gossip
Dick Ryan Dick Ryan ... Clark O'Ryan
Bernard Cauley Bernard Cauley ... Boy
Paul Connelly Paul Connelly ... Boy
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Storyline

One bright morning, the villagers near Blarney Castle, Ireland hear terrible news: the famed Blarney Stone has been stolen. Enter Joe Mulqueen, singing insurance investigator from New York. The lovely daughter of police sergeant McNaughton soon catches Joe's eye, and oddly enough Joe fulfills an ancient prophecy of who her lover will be. Meanwhile, Joe does find time to do a little investigating... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

BING 'n' BARRY Together Again...For More Songs, More Fun Than "Going My Way" and "Welcome Stranger"

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballade i Irland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When some pigeons 'coo' as Crosby walks by, he gives them a soft, tongue rolling growl in return. He's mimicking the growl that Bob Hope often gave in the Hope/Crosby 'Road' pictures. See more »

Quotes

Biddy O'Devlin: It does little good to put a curse on Americans. They don't seem to know the difference.
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Soundtracks

THE DONOVANS
(uncredited)
Written by Francis Fahy and Alicia Needham
Sung at party by Barry Fitzgerald, Ann Blyth, Bing Crosby, John Costello and chorus
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Fun and inconsequential
27 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is set in Ireland. Apparently, the famed Blarney Stone has been stolen and an insurance investigator (Bing Crosby) has been sent by his company. After all, the rock was insured and they don't want to have to pay off if they can help it. When Bing arrives, the town and especially the constable (Barry Fitzgerald) do not welcome him. So, naturally, it's up to Bing's considerable charms to warm their hearts. One whose heart warmed quite quickly is Fitzgerald's daughter (Ann Blyth)--who becomes smitten with Bing and thinks his arrival signals some sort of weird prophecy.

Overall, the film is a lot of agreeable blarney. It's enjoyable but silly and inconsequential. The songs, while enjoyable, are also easy to forget and the film it NOT another "Going My Way". A few things that kept it from being better (other than the silly plot) were that many of the actors and accents seemed about as Irish as pizza--another is that Ann Blyth was 25 years younger than Bing--and that's just a bit creepy.


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