Rooney (film)

Rooney is a 1958 British comedy film directed by George Pollock and starring John Gregson, Muriel Pavlow and Barry Fitzgerald.[1] The film depicts the life of James Ignatius Rooney, a Gaelic sportsman at the weekends, and a Dublin rubbish collector during the week. It was based on a novel of the same name by Catherine Cookson.[2]

Directed byGeorge Pollock
Produced byGeorge H. Brown
Screenplay byPatrick Kirwan
Based onnovel Rooney by Catherine Cookson
StarringJohn Gregson
Muriel Pavlow
Barry Fitzgerald
Music byPhilip Green
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byPeter Bezencenet
George H. Brown Productions
Distributed byRank Organisation
Release date
  • 24 March 1958 (1958-03-24) (London, UK)
Running time
88 minutes


Critical reception

Bosley Crowther in The New York Times gave the film a mixed review though he added that, "we must say, John Gregson goes at the title role of the happy young bachelor dustman with a lively good nature and comic will";[3] while Tony Sloman in the Radio Times gave the piece three out of five stars, calling it "really quite charming";[4] and Allmovie found the film "Stronger on characterisation than plot," noting that "The film is at its best when the camera roams around the misty streets of Dublin, and at its worst when it pauses for sentiment."[5]


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