Top o' the Morning (1949 film)

Top o' the Morning is a 1949 American romantic comedy film directed by David Miller and starring Bing Crosby, Ann Blyth, and Barry Fitzgerald.[2] Written by Edmund Beloin and Richard L. Breen, the film is about a singing insurance investigator who comes to Ireland to recover the stolen Blarney Stone—and romance the local policeman's daughter.

Top o' the Morning
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Miller
Produced byRobert L. Welch
Screenplay by
Music byRobert Emmett Dolan
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byArthur P. Schmidt
Bing Crosby Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 1949 (1949-08-31) (US)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.6 million[1]



Bosley Crowther of The New York Times commented, inter alia: "All things being considered, especially the memorable success of Paramount’s “Welcome Stranger” and its incomparable “Going My Way,” it naturally stood to reason that Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald would eventually drift together in another sentimental comedy... And all those band-wagon Hibernians who like to picture Ireland as a land of eloquent talk and superstitions, bright-eyed colleens and Mr. Fitzgeralds, plus a great lot of singing and dancing, should find it entirely to their taste... Mr. Crosby wends a happy and comfortable course through the whole incredible proceedings, taking complacently in stride the fitful abuse of Mr. Fitzgerald and the romantic rue of Ann Blyth...Likewise, Mr. Fitzgerald is deliciously humorous in his busy displays of self-importance and police authority. And of course, he is simply stunning when he comes within range of a pint of ale..."[4]

Variety said: "Bing Crosby, after two lush Technicolored musicals, has been handed a light, frothy and more moderately budgeted picture by Paramount to cavort in, which should put him once more at the top of that studio’s breadwinning list...Under David Miller’s light-handed direction, Crosby and the rest of the cast fall right into the spirit of the story. Groaner, despite his having to play to a gal (Ann Blyth) who is so obviously younger, is socko. His easy way with a quip, combined with his fine crooning of some old Irish tunes and a couple of new ones, is solid showmanship."[5]


Bing Crosby recorded four of the songs for Decca Records.[7] They were all issued on a 10" LP titled "Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz". Crosby's songs were also included in the Bing's Hollywood series.

Radio adaptation

Lux Radio Theatre presented Top o' the Morning March 17, 1952. The one-hour episode featured Barry Fitzgerald, Dennis Day, and Ann Blyth.[8]


  1. "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.
  2. "Top o' the Morning". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  3. "Full cast and crew for Top o' the Morning". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  4. Crowther, Bosley (September 1, 1949). "The New York Times". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. "Variety". July 20, 1949. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. Reynolds, Fred (1986). Road to Hollywood. Gateshead, UK: John Joyce. pp. 190–191.
  7. "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  8. Kirby, Walter (March 16, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved May 23, 2015 via
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