Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Leading man Richard Hayward took no chances in Luck of the Irish, serving as the film's co-producer with former Paramount talent scout Donovan Pedelty (who also directed). Filmed in its entirety in Northern Ireland, the film utilizes the considerable talents of the Belfast Repertory Theater. Hayward plays Sam Mulhern, a faithful family butler whose master, Sir Brian O'Neal (J. R. Mageaus) has staked his entire future on the outcome of the Grand National steeplechase. Unfortunately, O'Neal's horse loses the race, and soon the attachment men have come calling to his ancestral home. The rest of the picture concerns the efforts, both comic and frenetic, made by Mulhern to rescue the O'Neal clan from the poorhouse. Of interest is the presence of Niall McGinniss, later a familiar character actor (Martin Luther, Night of the Demon), as the nominal romantic lead, opposite heroine Kay Walsh.
horse-racing, racer, bar [pub], finances, Ireland, national, sports, wager, wealth