The Luck of the Irish, Steven Fitzgerald, a newpaper reporter from New York, meets a leprechaun and a beautiful young woman while traveling in Ireland. When he returns to his fiance and her wealthy father’s political campaign in New York, he finds that the leprechaun and the young woman are now in New York as well. Steven is torn between the wealth he might enjoy in New York or returning to his roots in Ireland.
This is a charming film that effortlessly draws you into its whimsical story. Power did many comedies when he first signed with 20th Century Fox, and if you’ve seen them, you know he performed them beautifully. His reactions while a bartender is telling a leprechaun story are hilarious. It’s a shame this versatile actor didn’t put down his sword and do more comic roles. He’d pay homage once again to the land of his ancestors in “The Long Gray Line” for John Ford seven years later. How sad that when the really good parts were finally coming his way, he died. Anne Baxter is darling as Nora, and Meadows is appropriately brittle. The two are great opposites – Baxter natural and sweet, Meadows made up and bejeweled. Kellaway is excellent as Horace, the leprechaun turned houseman.
“The Luck of the Irish” will leave you with a smile on your face. Uplifting stories are hard to find – see this one.