Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)

90 mins | Comedy-drama | 28 July 1929

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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, the working title, was 14 Mar 1929.
       A silent version of the film, at a length of 7,932 ft., was released on 22 Sep ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, the working title, was 14 Mar 1929.
       A silent version of the film, at a length of 7,932 ft., was released on 22 Sep 1929. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
28 Jul 1929.
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New York Times
24 Jul 1929
p. 23.
Variety
31 Mar 1929
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story, scen, dial and art titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
DANCE
Choreog
Choreog
Choreog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Smiling Irish Eyes," words by Herman Ruby, music Ray Perkins
"A Wee Bit o' Love," "Then I'll Ride Home With You" and "Old Killarney Fair," words by Herman Ruby, music by Norman Spencer.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Release Date:
28 July 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 July 1929
Production Date:
began 14 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP740
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,550
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Rory O'More, a musician who works in an Irish peat bog, comes to the United States, leaving his sweetheart, Kathleen, behind. He promises to send for her as soon as he makes good. Although he writes letters daily to Kathleen, he does not post them, determined to hold them until he has good news to go with them. Finally, he gets a job playing the violin in a theatrical production. Despondent at not hearing from him, Kathleen borrows money to go to America and to bring Rory back to Ireland. She returns to Ireland in a huff when she sees Rory on stage playing their song, "Darlin' My Darlin'," while a blonde girl kisses him. They are reconciled when Rory appears in Ireland and explains everything to Kathleen's satisfaction, and the whole family emigrates to the ... +


Rory O'More, a musician who works in an Irish peat bog, comes to the United States, leaving his sweetheart, Kathleen, behind. He promises to send for her as soon as he makes good. Although he writes letters daily to Kathleen, he does not post them, determined to hold them until he has good news to go with them. Finally, he gets a job playing the violin in a theatrical production. Despondent at not hearing from him, Kathleen borrows money to go to America and to bring Rory back to Ireland. She returns to Ireland in a huff when she sees Rory on stage playing their song, "Darlin' My Darlin'," while a blonde girl kisses him. They are reconciled when Rory appears in Ireland and explains everything to Kathleen's satisfaction, and the whole family emigrates to the States. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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