Music | 1950 | Sound | B/W
Film of rural idyll in Ireland with traditional songs. Features Donald Grayson and Gene Morgan.
A man dressed as a leprechaun sitting on a chair outdoors by a tree. He introduces the show "Top of the morning" and says we'll have a party. He is smoking a clay pipe and coughs. He has an Irish accent. Song - The Rocky Road to Dublin. A man and two women in 19th century costume outside a house covered in what look like flowering vines. Vocals at the bottom of the screen. Another man joins them. They sing. The camera pans right and we see more people, women, sitting outside the house. The camera concentrates on the man who joined them. Behind them the sea can be seen. The leprechaun. He says that the audience is not doing its best to sing along. Song: When Irish Eyes are Smiling. The same singer. Again vocals at the bottom of the picture. Return to the leprechaun. He puffs on his pipe as he introduces the next number. He coughs again. He empties his pipe on some flowers which wilt. He looks astonished and throws away the pipe. The sound of breaking glass. The leprechaun looks startled.
Song: Believe Me, If All These Endearing Young Charms. A woman in 19th century costume plays a harp. Around her sit girls in a semicircle. behind her, the leprechaun. They are outside. The vocals are at the bottom of the screen but no one in the film sings. The camera concentrates on the woman playing the harp. The sea in the background. The leprechaun. He takes his hat off as he introduces the next song.
Song: My Wild Irish Rose. Two woman sitting on a window sill. A man sings to them. At the bottom left and right of the picture are two girls watching. The vocals are at the bottom of the picture. They join in the song.
The leprechaun introduces the next song - Sweet Rosie O’Grady. The man sings to a girl outside the house. She appears to be sitting on the windowsill. Vocals at the bottom of the screen. The camera concentrates on the man singing.
The leprechaun takes his hat off as he introduces the next song, Mother Machree. Dan starts the song off. He is sitting with his back to the sea. Vocals at the bottom of the picture. The camera pulls back and we see some girls watching him. Two women watching him sing. Dan. The leprechaun sitting outside the house. A woman looks at him. A pig is chased out of the house by a woman with a broom. The leprechaun falls off his seat. His hat falls off. He gets up and shouts out after the pig. He sits down on an egg and grimaces as he realises. He gets up, looks down and sees the broken egg. He introduces the last song. Dan singing to the women who are in a semi-circle. Song: It's A Long Way to Tipperary. Vocals at the bottom of the picture. All join in. The camera concentrates on Dan. He swings his arm in time.
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