Smiling Irish Eyes

Smiling Irish Eyes

Publicity still of Colleen in costume for Smiling Irish Eyes.
Directed by William A. Seiter
Produced by John McCormick
Written by Thomas J. Geraghty (story, screenplay, titles)
Starring Colleen Moore
James Hall
Robert Homans
Claude Gillingwater
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Henry Freulich
Sidney Hickox
Edited by Alexander Hall
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release dates
  • July 28, 1929 (1929-07-28) (sound version)
  • September 22, 1929 (1929-09-22) (silent version)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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.



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


by Herman Ruby and Norman Spencer
Sung by Colleen Moore
by Herman Ruby and Norman Spencer
Sung by Colleen Moore
by Herman Ruby and Norman Spencer
Sung by Coleen Moore
by Herman Ruby and Ray Perkins
Sung by Colleen Moore and James Hall

See also


  1. The Lodi News-Sentinel (March 6, 1930), page 23
  2. SilentEra entry
  3. 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.
  4. "Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)". All Movie Guide. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
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