The Luck of the Irish (1948)

Genres - Fantasy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Fantasy  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Whimsical fantasy geared for adults is hard to pull off on film, but The Luck of the Irish does so in spades. A film for which the adjective "charming" might have been coined, Irish is a sheer delight. The message may be a bit obvious, especially to modern audiences, but it's wrapped up in such an entertaining package that most viewers will overlook this minor flaw. Irish is worth catching if only because its incredibly handsome star, Tyrone Power, rarely was given such a fine chance to display his comedic talents. Power is terrific as a light comedy actor, and this one shows him off to his best and lets him show considerable range for a fantasy. Cecil Kellaway is a droll delight, a full-sized leprechaun whose magic is more subtle than most; he brings a contained glow to his scenes that is enchanting. Equally enchanting is the lovely Anne Baxter, whose chemistry with Power is crucial. And Jayne Meadows is fun as the would-be fly in the ointment. Henry Koster's direction is pitch perfect, never letting the various elements overwhelm each other and keeping things moving at a nice clip. Irish is that lucky film that manages to be adorable without being cloying.