The Luck of the Irish (1920)

Drama | February 1920

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HISTORY

This film had a pre-release showing in Los Angeles on 31 Jan 1920. It was given pre-release showings in New York during the week of 8 Feb 1920. According to MPN , special efforts were made by the distributor Realart to have exhibitors run the film on St. Patrick's Day. The demand was heavy for bookings in Boston that day, due to the large Irish population there. ETR advised exhibitors to "Circularize your Irish societies. Solicit the aid of the Knights of Columbus. The title will be strong enough to interest them. Inform them that your offering shows some of the dominant personalities of the Irish ... More Less

This film had a pre-release showing in Los Angeles on 31 Jan 1920. It was given pre-release showings in New York during the week of 8 Feb 1920. According to MPN , special efforts were made by the distributor Realart to have exhibitors run the film on St. Patrick's Day. The demand was heavy for bookings in Boston that day, due to the large Irish population there. ETR advised exhibitors to "Circularize your Irish societies. Solicit the aid of the Knights of Columbus. The title will be strong enough to interest them. Inform them that your offering shows some of the dominant personalities of the Irish race." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
31 Jan 20
p. 899.
MPN
17 Jan 20
p. 840.
MPN
24 Jan 20
p. 1125.
MPN
7 Feb 20
p. 1537.
MPN
27 Mar 20
p. 2953.
MPN
17 Apr 20
p. 3408.
MPW
31 Jan 20
p. 774.
MPW
14 Feb 20
p. 1032.
New York Morning Telegraph
25 Jan 1920.
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Variety
31 Jan 20
p. 56.
Wid's
25 Jan 20
p. 29.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Luck of the Irish by Harold MacGrath (New York, 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Mayflower Photoplay Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14704
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

One day in New York City, Irish-American plumber William Grogan, who meets the outside world only through the little basement window of his plumbing shop, sees and falls in love with a pretty pair of feet. The owner is Ruth Warren, a schoolteacher who is lusted after by Norton Colburton, a dissolute playboy. Ruth is about to marry Colburton, but at the last minute runs away and decides to take a Cook's tour. On the boat, she meets Grogan, who has inherited a fortune, and recognizing the feet, he falls in love with their owner. Meanwhile, Colburton sends a henchman to locate Ruth. In various foreign cities, Grogan is attacked and Ruth is accosted by Colburton, who has followed her. Finally, Ruth is imprisoned in a house of prostitution, Grogan comes to her rescue, and the two are ... +


One day in New York City, Irish-American plumber William Grogan, who meets the outside world only through the little basement window of his plumbing shop, sees and falls in love with a pretty pair of feet. The owner is Ruth Warren, a schoolteacher who is lusted after by Norton Colburton, a dissolute playboy. Ruth is about to marry Colburton, but at the last minute runs away and decides to take a Cook's tour. On the boat, she meets Grogan, who has inherited a fortune, and recognizing the feet, he falls in love with their owner. Meanwhile, Colburton sends a henchman to locate Ruth. In various foreign cities, Grogan is attacked and Ruth is accosted by Colburton, who has followed her. Finally, Ruth is imprisoned in a house of prostitution, Grogan comes to her rescue, and the two are married. +

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