The Info List - Smiling Irish Eyes

Smiling Irish Eyes
Smiling Irish Eyes
(1929) is a Vitaphone
American pre-Code musical film with Technicolor
sequences.[1] The film is now considered a lost film. However, the Vitaphone
discs still exist.[2]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Background 4 Soundtrack 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Rory O'More leaves his sweetheart Kathleen O'Connor back in the old country while he travels to America to establish himself. He is a musician, and hopes to make it big. Kathleen grows tired of waiting and travels to America, only to find him on stage performing "their" song and kissing another woman. Kathleen returns to Ireland, followed by Rory, who explains everything. In the end they wed and return to America. Cast[edit]

Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore
- Kathleen O'Connor James Hall - Rory O'More Robert Homans
Robert Homans
- Shamus O'Connor Claude Gillingwater - Michael O'Connor Tom O'Brien - Black Barney Robert Emmett O'Connor
Robert Emmett O'Connor
- Sir Timothy Aggie Herring
Aggie Herring
- Granny O'More Betty Francisco
Betty Francisco
- Frankie West Julanne Johnston
Julanne Johnston
- Goldie Devore Edward Earle
Edward Earle
- Ralph Prescott Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey
- County Fair Manager Barney Gilmore - County Fair Manager's Assistant Charles McHugh
Charles McHugh
- County Fair Manager's Assistant Madam Bosocki - Fortune Teller George 'Gabby' Hayes - Taxi Driver (as George Hayes) Anne Schaefer - Landlady (as Ann Schaefer) John Beck - Sir Timothy's Butler Oscar Apfel
Oscar Apfel
- Max North Otto Lederer
Otto Lederer
- Izzy Levi William H. Strauss - Moe Levi David Thursby - Scotch Barker Dan Crimmins - The Trouble Maker

Background[edit] Smiling Irish Eyes
Smiling Irish Eyes
was Colleen Moore's first musical role, and only her second sound film. Produced by her husband at the time, John McCormick (1893-1961), the film featured Moore as Kathleen O'Connor, an Irish woman who follows her musician sweetheart Rory O'More (James Hall) to New York City.[3][4] This film is similar to an earlier film Moore made for Samuel Goldwyn, Come On Over (1922), directed by Rupert Hughes. As in Smiling Irish Eyes, Colleen played an Irish girl whose betrothed crosses the ocean to start a new life in America before sending for her. In both films, the boyfriends do not send for her right away, in both she travels to America only to find the boyfriend seemingly besotted by another girl. In both, cases this is a misunderstanding. In Come On Over, Colleen's character reluctantly remains in America where she learns that her boyfriend is actually helping the father of the "other woman" quit drinking. In Smiling Irish Eyes, Colleen's character returns to Ireland, followed by the boyfriend, who convinces her back in Ireland that it was a misunderstanding. They marry and return to America. Following this film, Moore made another film directed by Seiter, Footlights and Fools
Footlights and Fools
(1929). This latter film also had Technicolor sequences, and is now considered a lost film, although the Vitaphone discs survive. Soundtrack[edit]

"Old Killarney Fair"

by Herman Ruby and Norman Spencer Sung by Colleen Moore

"Then I'll Ride Home with You"

by Herman Ruby and Norman Spencer Sung by Colleen Moore

"A Wee Bit o' Love"

by Herman Ruby and Norman Spencer Sung by Coleen Moore

"Smiling Irish Eyes"

by Herman Ruby and Ray Perkins Sung by Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore
and James Hall

See also[edit]

List of lost films List of early color feature films


Jeff Codori (2012), Colleen Moore; A Biography of the Silent Film Star, McFarland Publishing,(Print ISBN 978-0-7864-4969-9, EBook ISBN 978-0-7864-8899-5).

^ The Lodi News-Sentinel (March 6, 1930), page 23 ^ SilentEra entry ^ Rockett, Kevin; Luke Gibbons; John Hill (1987). John Hill, ed. Cinema and Ireland. Taylor & Francis. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-7099-4216-0. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  ^ " Smiling Irish Eyes
Smiling Irish Eyes
(1929)". All Movie Guide. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 

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