Three Cheers for the Irish (1940)

100 mins | Drama | 16 March 1940

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Cinematographer:

Charles Rosher

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was You Can't Beat the Irish . According to news items in HR , Geraldine Fitzgerald and Jane Bryan were slated to star in this film and Warners planned to borrow Fred MacMurray from Paramount for the lead. Songwriters Jack Scholl and M. K. Jerome were awarded an ASCAP award for their work on this ... More Less

The working title of this film was You Can't Beat the Irish . According to news items in HR , Geraldine Fitzgerald and Jane Bryan were slated to star in this film and Warners planned to borrow Fred MacMurray from Paramount for the lead. Songwriters Jack Scholl and M. K. Jerome were awarded an ASCAP award for their work on this picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Mar 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Mar 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 40
p. 7.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Mar 40
p. 34, 36
New York Times
9 Mar 40
p. 19.
Variety
13 Mar 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Spec adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Mi caballero," words and music by Jack Scholl and M. K. Jerome.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
You Can't Beat the Irish
Release Date:
16 March 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 9 March 1940
Production Date:
began mid December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 March 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9483
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6007
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After twenty years of devoted service to the police force, Irish police officer Peter Casey finds himself pensioned off and replaced by rookie Angus Ferguson, whom Casey considers a "contemptuous Scottishman". While delivering a complaint one night to the Casey apartment, Angus meets Casey's eldest daughter Maureen, who runs the motherless Casey household, and a mutual attraction arises between the young people. After retiring, Casey begins to get underfoot, and so Maureen and her sisters Patricia and Heloise encourage him to run for the post of alderman. Casey accepts the challenge, and with the help of his hooligan friend Gallagher, launches his campaign. Meanwhile, Maureen and Angus have been courting, and on the night that they are secretly married, Casey pleads with Maureen to never see the Scotsman again and tries to interest her in Michael Flaherty, a nice Irishman. When Casey's campaign runs short of funds, Heloise naïvely solicits a donation from her bookie friend, Joe Niklas. Upon learning the identity of his benefactor, Casey asks his constituency to elect his opponent, and his announcement sparks a barroom brawl in which Angus arrests him for disturbing the peace. After being pardoned by the judge, Casey chastises Maureen for her friendship with the Scotsman, and when Angus announces their marriage, the furious Casey orders the newlyweds to leave his house. Casey loses his daughter but wins the election as the voters, who admire his honesty, elect him alderman. On Christmas eve, he finally wins back Maureen when the familiy is reconciled at Maureen's bedside as she gives birth to ... +


After twenty years of devoted service to the police force, Irish police officer Peter Casey finds himself pensioned off and replaced by rookie Angus Ferguson, whom Casey considers a "contemptuous Scottishman". While delivering a complaint one night to the Casey apartment, Angus meets Casey's eldest daughter Maureen, who runs the motherless Casey household, and a mutual attraction arises between the young people. After retiring, Casey begins to get underfoot, and so Maureen and her sisters Patricia and Heloise encourage him to run for the post of alderman. Casey accepts the challenge, and with the help of his hooligan friend Gallagher, launches his campaign. Meanwhile, Maureen and Angus have been courting, and on the night that they are secretly married, Casey pleads with Maureen to never see the Scotsman again and tries to interest her in Michael Flaherty, a nice Irishman. When Casey's campaign runs short of funds, Heloise naïvely solicits a donation from her bookie friend, Joe Niklas. Upon learning the identity of his benefactor, Casey asks his constituency to elect his opponent, and his announcement sparks a barroom brawl in which Angus arrests him for disturbing the peace. After being pardoned by the judge, Casey chastises Maureen for her friendship with the Scotsman, and when Angus announces their marriage, the furious Casey orders the newlyweds to leave his house. Casey loses his daughter but wins the election as the voters, who admire his honesty, elect him alderman. On Christmas eve, he finally wins back Maureen when the familiy is reconciled at Maureen's bedside as she gives birth to twins. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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