Top O' the Morning (1949)

98-99 mins | Musical | 5 September 1949

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Diamond in the Haystack and Needle in a Haystack. According to information in the copyright records, traditional Irish airs heard in the film are: "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms," "As Beautiful Kitty," "The Donovans," "Oh! 'Tis Sweet to Think," "In a Shady Nook One Moonlight Night" and "My Lagan Love." ...

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The working titles of this film were Diamond in the Haystack and Needle in a Haystack. According to information in the copyright records, traditional Irish airs heard in the film are: "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms," "As Beautiful Kitty," "The Donovans," "Oh! 'Tis Sweet to Think," "In a Shady Nook One Moonlight Night" and "My Lagan Love."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Aug 1949
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Daily Variety
5 Aug 1949
p. 3, 9
Film Daily
5 Aug 1949
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 1948
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 1949
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Aug 1949
p. 4705
New York Times
1 Sep 1949
p. 25
Variety
20 Jul 1949
p. 6
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Richard Breen
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Vocal arr
Mus assoc
Spec orch arr
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
process photog
DANCE
Dances by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Gertrude Reid
Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"You're in Love with Someone" and "Top O' the Morning," music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke; and traditional Irish airs.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Diamond in the Haystack
Needle in a Haystack
Release Date:
5 September 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 Aug 1949
Production Date:
early Nov--22 Dec 1948
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc.
5 September 1949
LP2572
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
98-99
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
13550
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In a small town near Cork, Ireland, civic guard Sergeant Briany McNaughton alerts his assistant, Hughie Devine, that the famous Blarney Stone has been stolen from the castle. This marks a big day for the village, as there has been no comparable crime in over thirty years. When Briany and Hughie investigate, they learn that villager Cormac Gillespie was seen near the castle the night before. Chief Inspector Fallon, from the Irish police force, orders Briany off the case because he does not consider him a professional, but Briany nevertheless determines to solve the crime. Meanwhile, in New York City, insurance investigator Joe Mulqueen is assigned to work undercover to find the Blarney Stone because his parents were Irish and his company insured the Stone for $500,000. Joe spends his first day in Ireland near Blarney Castle posing as a painter, and is befriended by some boys, who introduce him to Briany's beautiful daughter Conn, as she washes clothes in the castle's stream. Conn is stunned by Joe's presence, as he seems to fulfill a well-known prophecy about the theft of the Stone. However, suspicious Hughie arrests Joe and brings him to Briany for questioning. Although they lock Joe up when he refuses to give them any information about why he is there, they release him after he wins them over by singing an Irish ballad. Although Briany considers Joe a prime suspect, he invites him to his house for a party. That night at the party, Conn consults with wise woman Biddy O'Devlin, who is the keeper of the Stone's legend, and confirms that so far, Joe has fulfilled the conditions of ...

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In a small town near Cork, Ireland, civic guard Sergeant Briany McNaughton alerts his assistant, Hughie Devine, that the famous Blarney Stone has been stolen from the castle. This marks a big day for the village, as there has been no comparable crime in over thirty years. When Briany and Hughie investigate, they learn that villager Cormac Gillespie was seen near the castle the night before. Chief Inspector Fallon, from the Irish police force, orders Briany off the case because he does not consider him a professional, but Briany nevertheless determines to solve the crime. Meanwhile, in New York City, insurance investigator Joe Mulqueen is assigned to work undercover to find the Blarney Stone because his parents were Irish and his company insured the Stone for $500,000. Joe spends his first day in Ireland near Blarney Castle posing as a painter, and is befriended by some boys, who introduce him to Briany's beautiful daughter Conn, as she washes clothes in the castle's stream. Conn is stunned by Joe's presence, as he seems to fulfill a well-known prophecy about the theft of the Stone. However, suspicious Hughie arrests Joe and brings him to Briany for questioning. Although they lock Joe up when he refuses to give them any information about why he is there, they release him after he wins them over by singing an Irish ballad. Although Briany considers Joe a prime suspect, he invites him to his house for a party. That night at the party, Conn consults with wise woman Biddy O'Devlin, who is the keeper of the Stone's legend, and confirms that so far, Joe has fulfilled the conditions of the prediction, down to the coat he is wearing that night, and the fact that Conn is falling in love with him. When Joe returns from the party, he finds Briany and Hughie searching his room, and they learn that Joe is an investigator and hear his dictaphone recording, in which he says that Briany is not effective. Briany considers throwing Joe out of town but resists when he hears about the insurance company's $5,000 reward. Although everyone suspects that Cormac is the thief, Fallon tells Joe that the only fingerprints found on the castle wall belong to Hughie. Joe becomes more suspicious of the deputy when Hughie shows little remorse after his only relative dies in a cart accident. Joe starts to link together the accidents and recent unusual events that have been blamed on the theft, and formulates a secret plan with Fallon. One night, Joe and Conn enjoy their first kiss, but their joy is crushed when Briany arrives home with news that Fallon has fired him because Joe intimated that he might impede their investigation. Conn throws Joe out because he deceived her about his work, and because she hoped her father would find the Stone in order to restore his pride. Biddy warns her that the predictions indicate that the stranger of legend will be killed in the Killeen forest if his loved one abandons him. The next day, Joe investigates the site where Hughie's cousin died and realizes from tracks in the ground that someone tipped the cart over while it was stationary. Joe insists that Briany be reinstated, and arranges to meet Fallon and Briany that night at Biddy's cabin in the Killeen woods. Biddy then tells the police that the Stone was stolen to cover up the murder of Hughie's cousin. Everyone deserts Biddy to chase Cormac when he suddenly appears, but Hughie is disturbed by a comment Biddy made about his soul, and knocks out the boy sentry, Pearse O'Neill, to get her alone. Hughie is about to strangle Biddy when Joe and Briany stop him, and he reveals that he murdered his cousin for the money. Hughie is arrested, and before he is taken away, he vows never to reveal where he hid the Stone. Biddy realizes that although Joe did not die, the final prediction has come true, as it says that the singer, who is Pearse, will be struck down by violence, and the song will not be finished by a man. Pearse revives and everyone wanders away from Biddy's cabin, taking a path past a 700-year-old chapel. When Briany sits down upon a large stone that moves, Conn marvels that a stone set so long ago would suddenly come loose. Joe realizes that Briany has discovered the Blarney Stone, and Briany is now hailed as a hero.

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