Talk of a Million
|Talk of a Million|
|Directed by||John Paddy Carstairs|
|Produced by||Alex Boyd|
|Written by||Frederick Gotfurt|
|Based on||the play They Got What They Wanted by Louis D'Alton|
|Music by||Leighton Lucas|
|Edited by||Edward B. Jarvis|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (U.K.)|
|Box office||£96,963 (UK)|
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?
- Jack Warner as Bartley Murnahan
- Barbara Mullen as Bessie Murnahan
- Joan Kenny as Sally Murnahan
- Elizabeth Erskine as Norah Murnahan
- Ronan O'Casey as Derry Murnahan
- Vincent Ball as Jack Murnahan
- Noel Purcell as Matty McGrath
- Paul Connell as Joe McGrath
- Michael Dolan as Tubridy
- Niall MacGinnis as Tom Cassidy
- Alfie Bass as Lorcan
- Sid James as John C. Moody
- Anita Sharp-Bolster as Miss Rafferty
- Tony Quinn as Sacristan
- John McDarby as Porter
- Milo O'Shea as Signwriter
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." 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)."
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