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Director  William A. Seiter
Country  United States
3.4/10 IMDb

Language  English
Smiling Irish Eyes movie poster
Release date  July 28, 1929 (1929-07-28) (sound version) September 22, 1929 (1929-09-22) (silent version)
Writer  Thomas J. Geraghty (screenplay), Thomas J. Geraghty (story), Thomas J. Geraghty (titles)

78 rpm maurice elwin smiling irish eyes 1929

Smiling Irish Eyes (1929) is a Vitaphone All-Talking American musical film with Technicolor sequences. The film is now considered a lost film. However, the Vitaphone discs still exist.



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.


  • Colleen Moore - Kathleen O'Connor
  • James Hall - Rory O'More
  • Robert Homans - Shamus O'Connor
  • Claude Gillingwater - Michael O'Connor
  • Tom O'Brien - Black Barney
  • Robert Emmett O'Connor - Sir Timothy
  • Aggie Herring - Granny O'More
  • Betty Francisco - Frankie West
  • Julanne Johnston - Goldie Devore
  • Edward Earle - Ralph Prescott
  • Fred Kelsey - County Fair Manager
  • Barney Gilmore - County Fair Manager's Assistant
  • 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 - Max North
  • Otto Lederer - Izzy Levi
  • William H. Strauss - Moe Levi
  • David Thursby - Scotch Barker
  • Dan Crimmins - The Trouble Maker
  • Background

    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.

    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 (1929). This latter film also had Technicolor sequences, and is now considered a lost film, although the Vitaphone discs survive.


  • "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 and James Hall


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