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"Song In His Heart"

by Rita Olcott
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The Irish in Film
A Complete List of Irish Films

 Title  My Wild Irish Rose
This is a fictionalized biography of Chauncey Olcott, an Irish tenor that graced the stage in the late 1890s. Born into a poor Irish-American family, his father worked on a tug boat in Buffalo, New York. Chauncey did not want to carry on the family trade and left home to seek a singing career like his idol, William Scanlon. According to legend, he became a 'stage-door johnny,' sweet talking celebrities, hoping to earn entrée into show business. He worked as a minstrel, in blackface, until his hob-knobbing paid off. When Lillian Russell took him under her wing his life was changed forever. Soon he became a star and he not only got to meet his idol, but sang his part in a show when Scanlon could no longer sing the role. As you might guess, there is ample opportunity for singing both Irish and Gay 90s songs. Mr. Olcott composed 'My Wild Irish Rose' and 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' both featured in this film. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year   1947      Type   Family    Rating   NR
 Director  David Butler  Writer  Peter Milne
 Cast  Dennis Morgan, Arlene Dahl, Andrea King, Alan Hale,
  George Tobias, George O'Brien


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