Old Mother Riley

  • 1937
  • 1 HR 15 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

The first film of a long-running British series (1937-1952), OLD MOTHER RILEY tells the outrageous tale of a match magnate who dies and leaves his fortune to his family. The only condition is that they must shelter the first person they see selling matches. They are unfortunately blessed with the presence of a loud Irish washerwoman, Old Mother Riley, who...read more

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The first film of a long-running British series (1937-1952), OLD MOTHER RILEY tells the outrageous tale of a match magnate who dies and leaves his fortune to his family. The only condition is that they must shelter the first person they see selling matches. They are unfortunately blessed

with the presence of a loud Irish washerwoman, Old Mother Riley, who is heartily portrayed, in drag, by Arthur Lucan. Her presence in the household is not welcome, nor is that of her daughter, McShane, Lucan's real-life wife. Far from being impressive cinema, the "Old Mother Riley" series provided

for some innocuous and occasionally hysterical entertainment.

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