Talk of a Million

Talk of a Million (also known as You Can't Beat the Irish) is a 1951 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs, starring Jack Warner, with an early appearance from Sid James.[4][5]

Talk of a Million
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Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byAlex Boyd
Written byFrederick Gotfurt
Based onthe play They Got What They Wanted by Louis D'Alton[1]
StarringJack Warner
Barbara Mullen
Music byLeighton Lucas
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé (U.K.)
Release date
  • March 1951 (1951-03)
Running time
77 minutes[2]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£96,963 (UK)[3]


Shakespeare loving Bartley Murnahan (Jack Warner) is a likeable, but work-shy fraudster who convinces creditors that he is due a half million pound inheritance, and goes ahead purchasing a number of expensive properties. How long will it take before the creditors see through his blarney?


Critical reception

The New York Times noted "a pleasantly garrulous little item that turned up at the Park Avenue yesterday...The plot, it might be noted, is closer to contrivance than ingenuity but the performances are uniformly fine. Jack Warner is excellent as the cultured but lazy father, who is anxious to help his brood and just as ready to quote the Bard at a moment's notice. Barbara Mullen does equally well in the role of his persevering wife. Acting honors, however, go to Michael Dolan, an Abbey Theatre veteran, as the designing village grocer, whose schemes to bilk our hero backfire. Only Barry Fitzgerald could approximate his characterization and it would take a poteen-filled denizen of a Dublin shebeen to equal his brogue and delivery. Add too, the explosive performance of Noel Purcell as an irascible farmer."[6] TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, calling it "Pleasantly whimsical, as expected from the title (You Can't Beat the Irish)."[7]


  1. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter via Google Books.
  2. "TALK OF A MILLION - British Board of Film Classification".
  3. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p496
  4. "Talk of a Million". 30 April 1952 via IMDb.
  5. "Talk of a Million (1951)".
  7. "You Can't Beat The Irish".

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