You Can't Beat the Irish (1952)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The blarney is as thick as the characters' brogues in You Can't Beat the Irish. Jack Warner stars as lazy but enterprising Irish paterfamilias Bartley Murnahan. To support his family, Bartley has hit upon a foolproof scam. By arranging a series of subtle subterfuges, he convinces his neighbors that he has fallen heir to a huge fortune. Before long, Bartley is the cock of the walk, never having to pay a cent for anything because all the local merchants assume he's going to reimburse them tenfold when the legacy is settled. The beautiful part of the scheme is that Bartley himself never has to tell a lie: he merely relies upon the gullibility and greed of those around him.

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aristocracy, lessons, con/scam, heir, impersonation, laziness, neighbor