11 June 2006 | horn-5
Richard Hayward sings the songs and Ireland provides the scenery.
Donogh O'Connor (Richard Hayward) is an Irish singer making good in London who, at a banquet, expresses the desire to return to the little village, Ballyvoraine, where he was born. Two of his prankish friends, owning an airplane, gratify his desire by kidnapping him and depositing him on a moor near his birthplace.
Thus, begins the adventure of the middle-aged Irish gentleman with his London-acquired manners and his full-dress suit contrasting with the humble clothes of the villagers. He forms a friendship with a pretty, young colleen, Moira Flaherty (Dinah Sheridan), and aids her in reforming her sweetheart, Sean Casey (Liam Gaffney), who has joined a gang illegally distilling whiskey. The gang is led by an American gangster, Mike Finnegan (George Pembroke), who has also returned to his boyhood home. The two old-sod homeboys vie for control of the hearts and minds of the villagers, with O'Connor having the distinct advantage of being able to sing the old Irish ballads.
This film and "Man With 100 Faces" (with Tom Walls and Lilli Palmer)are both 1938 UK films featuring transplanted American gangsters figuring prominently in the plot-lines.