Old Mother Riley (film)

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Old Mother Riley
"Old Mother Riley" (1937).jpg
Front of house re-release (1942) still
Directed by Oswald Mitchell
Written by John Argyle
Con West
Produced byNorman Hope-Bell
Starring Arthur Lucan
Kitty McShane
Barbara Everest
Patrick Ludlow
CinematographyJack Parker
Edited by Challis Sanderson
Music by Horace Sheldon
Production
company
Distributed byButcher's Film Service
Release date
August 1937 (UK)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Old Mother Riley is a 1937 British comedy film directed by Oswald Mitchell and starring Arthur Lucan in the lead, with Kitty McShane, Barbara Everest, Patrick Ludlow and Hubert Leslie. Mother Riley and her daughter stop the plans of some disinherited relatives to overturn the terms of a will. [1]

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This is the first in a series of films made between 1937–1952, featuring Arthur Lucan's elderly drag character, and her daughter Kitty. After small roles in the Irish Kathleen Mavourneen (also 1937), Lucan and McShane were approached to star in their own film, Old Mother Riley. The film was cheaply made (it cost £2,000, taking six weeks to shoot) and based on their music hall sketch ‘The Matchseller’. Old Mother Riley was a box office success and Old Mother Riley in Paris soon followed. [2]

Plot

In his will, a wealthy match magnate leaves his fortune to his family, the only condition being that they must take in the first person they see selling matches. Very soon they are blessed with the presence of a loud Irish washerwoman, Old Mother Riley. Chaos ensues, as her presence in the household, and that of her daughter, Kitty, proves unwelcome. [3]

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Critical reception

TV Guide commented that "far from being impressive cinema, the "Old Mother Riley" series provided for some innocuous and occasionally hysterical entertainment." [3]

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<i>Old Mother Riley Overseas</i> British film

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<i>Old Mother Riley in Business</i> 1941 British film

Old Mother Riley in Business is a 1941 British comedy film directed by John Baxter and starring Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane and Cyril Chamberlain. It was the sixth in the long-running Old Mother Riley series of films. Old Mother Riley's pub faces competition from a large chain store nearby, causing her to declare war on it.

<i>Old Mother Rileys Circus</i> 1941 film

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<i>Old Mother Riley Joins Up</i> 1940 British film

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<i>Old Mother Riley Detective</i> 1943 British film

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<i>Old Mother Riley at Home</i> 1945 British film

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<i>Old Mother Riley, MP</i> 1939 British film

Old Mother Riley, MP is a 1939 British comedy film starring Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, which forms part of the Old Mother Riley series of films. The film's plot centres on Old Mother Riley standing for election to the House of Commons.

<i>On Your Way, Riley</i> 1982 play by Alan Plater

On Your Way, Riley is a 1982 play by Alan Plater and a 1985 Yorkshire Television drama of the same name about the private and theatrical partnership of husband and wife 'Old Mother Riley' music hall performers Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane.

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Old Mother Riley, Headmistress is a low budget black and white 1950 British comedy film, starring Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane. The 13th film in the Old Mother Riley series, it features the Luton Girls Choir playing many of Mother Riley's pupils.

<i>Old Mother Riley in Society</i> 1940 British film

Old Mother Riley in Society is a low budget 1940 black and white British comedy film, directed by John Baxter, and starring Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane. It is the fifth in the long running Old Mother Riley series, and features the screen debut of Jimmy Clitheroe as the boot boy in a high society household.

<i>Old Mother Rileys New Venture</i> 1949 British film

Old Mother Riley's New Venture is a low-budget black-and-white 1949 British comedy film, starring Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane and Chili Bouchier. It is the twelfth in the long-running Old Mother Riley films, and was the first of the series to play in London's West End. In addition, it was the first to be released in the US, where it opened in 1952, as Old Mother Riley,.

Roy Rolland

Roy Rolland was an English comedian and stage actor who was the understudy for Arthur Lucan as Old Mother Riley and who took over the role following the death of Lucan in 1954, playing it until about 1977.

References

  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | OLD MOTHER RILEY (1937)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. 1 2 TNT New. "Old Mother Riley Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 24 February 2014.