Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Irish Eyes Are Smiling is a 1944 musical film which chronicles the life of popular Irish song composer Ernest R. Ball.[2][3] The screenplay by Earl Baldwin and John Tucker Battle is based on a story by E. A. Ellington. The film was directed by Gregory Ratoff, and produced by Damon Runyon for 20th Century Fox.[4] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1944.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregory Ratoff
Written byEarl Baldwin
John Tucker Battle
E.A. Ellington
StarringMonty Woolley
June Haver
Dick Haymes
Edited byHarmon Jones
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
November 7, 1944 (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$2,250,000[1]


The movie is a musical account of the life of Ernest R. Ball, a gifted composer of many popular Irish songs, including the titular one.


Radio adaptation

Irish Eyes Are Smiling was presented on Lux Radio Theatre March 15, 1948. Haymes reprised his role from the movie in the adaptation.[5]


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