Abie's Irish Rose (1946 film)

Abie's Irish Rose is a 1946 American comedy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland based on a play by Anne Nichols. The film stars Michael Chekhov, Joanne Dru, Richard Norris, J. M. Kerrigan, George E. Stone, Vera Gordon, and Emory Parnell. The film was released on December 27, 1946, by United Artists.[1][2] It was a remake of the 1928 film that was based on the play Abie's Irish Rose by Anne Nichols. The film drew criticism for stereotyping and additional cuts were made after complaints.[3]

Abie's Irish Rose
Theatrical poster
Directed byA. Edward Sutherland
Produced byA. Edward Sutherland
Screenplay byAnne Nichols
Based onAbie's Irish Rose
by Anne Nichols
StarringMichael Chekhov
Joanne Dru
Richard Norris
J. M. Kerrigan
George E. Stone
Vera Gordon
Emory Parnell
Music byJohn Scott Trotter
CinematographyWilliam C. Mellor
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 27, 1946 (1946-12-27)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States


Stationed in London, the American soldier Abie Levy falls in love with a young lady, Rosemary Murphy, and they get married. Their families are not informed, and when the time comes for Rosemary to return to the United States, the only thing Abie tells his father Solomon is that he has met a girl and is in love.

Solomon takes a liking to Rosemary, but assumes she shares the same faith. A wedding is planned, no one else yet told that the couple are already husband and wife. The bride-to-be's father, Patrick Murphy, arrives, under the false impression that his daughter intends to wed an Irish Catholic man named McGee.

Once the truth is revealed, neither father is on speaking terms with the children or each other. A year goes by and Rosemary gives birth. Family friends, the Cohens and an Irish priest, coax the grandfathers into finally making a visit. A baby boy, given the name Patrick Levy, promptly delights Patrick Murphy but disappoints Solomon, at least until the baby's twin sister, Rebecca, is also brought into the room. Rebecca being his late wife's name, Solomon is pleased, and the families finally come together.


See also


  1. "Abie's Irish Rose (1946) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. "Abie's Irish Rose". TV Guide. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  3. "AFI|Catalog". catalog.afi.com.
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