Doughboys in Ireland


1h 1m 1943

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 7, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,633ft

Synopsis

As Danny O'Keefe, the band leader and vocalist at the Club Shamrock in New York City, is about to be inducted into the Army along with three members of his orchestra, Chuck Mayers, Corny Smith and Tiny Johnson, he asks Gloria Gold, a singer at the club, to wait for him. The ambitious Gloria insincerely pledges her love to Danny and promises to write him daily, although in reality, Gloria's only interest lies in pursuing a Broadway career. At training camp, Danny spends every spare minute writing lengthy letters to Gloria, who, too busy to reply, instructs her elderly secretary to respond to Danny's letters, signing the singer's name. With basic training completed, Danny and his friends are sent to Ireland. While Danny is on sentry duty one day, Molly Callahan drives her donkey cart to the edge of the Army camp. When Danny demands that she leave, Molly becomes insulted and reports the incident to her father, Michael Callahan. Michael relates the offense to several dozen more Callahans, and as a result, every American soldier who looks at an Irish girl receives a sound trouncing at the hands of the Callahans. To prevent further confrontations, the top sergeant demands that Danny apologize to Molly. At the Callahan home, Danny wins over Molly and her entire family by singing Irish ballads, and the family then decides to convert a nearby mansion into an entertainment center for the soldiers. Realizing that Molly has fallen in love with him, Danny, fearful of igniting another feud, begins to court her, although he is still in love with Gloria. When Gloria appears at the camp during a tour of Army outposts and greets him casually, however, Danny begins to have doubts about his infatuation with the singer. Molly, meanwhile, has overheard a conversation about Danny's apparent romance with Gloria, and brokenhearted, is ready to give him up without a fight. Encouraged by her mother to fight for her man, Molly returns to the camp to speak to Danny, but she is too late because his unit has just been sent on a commando raid. While his life is in danger, Danny realizes that he truly loves Molly. Danny is severely wounded in the raid and hospitalized. In his delirium, he keeps calling for Gloria, but only Molly is there. Molly is shattered until she learns that Danny only wants to speak to Gloria to inform her that he is in love with Molly. All ends happily as Danny, now recovered, rides back to camp in Molly's donkey cart.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 7, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,633ft

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Trivia

Notes

According to a January 1943 news item in Hollywood Reporter, Columbia originally sought Bonita Granville to appear in this picture.