This picture was made before Wilder began fancying himself an auteur and fell into bad acting habits, and consequently offers one of his best, most controlled performances. An offbeat story and the lovely Dublin locations also add to the mix. Wilder has chosen to earn his living by
following delivery horses through the streets, picking up their droppings and selling them to housewives as fertilizer. He makes a good living at what he does, and, unlike his father (Ford), who works long, hard hours in a foundry, Wilder gets plenty of exercise and fresh air, and enjoys his
independence. His job also provides perks like his continuing affair with one of his regular customers, Colgan. Enter Kidder, a pretty American student at Trinity College whose whose parents are apparently wealthy. She is in love with Dublin and its history, which she knows much more about than
most of the residents. Kidder is attracted to Wilder, and the two travel around the city together. When the Trinity students have a fancy ball, Kidder invites Wilder as her date. However, by this point, she is tiring of Wilder and pays little attention to him at the ball, preferring to be with her
wealthy pals. The other students cruelly make fun of Wilder, prompting him to lash out. Wilder hastily exits with Kidder, who takes him to bed at a posh hotel. After their lovemaking, Kidder leaves. When Wilder wakes up and finds her gone, he hurries to Trinity College and learns that Kidder has
departed, leaving no forwarding address. To add to Wilder's woes, Dublin has enacted a new law banishing horses from the streets. When it looks as though the animals will be sent to rendering plants, Wilder sets them free on the streets, making it impossible for all of them to be rounded up. Next,
he drinks himself into near-oblivion, but his fortunes change when he learns that his cousin, who lives in the Bronx, has died and left him a small inheritance. With that money, Wilder buys a bus and uses the knowledge imparted to him by Kidder to take tourists around the city he loves so much.
Kidder is excellent and succeeds in making us believe that she could actually find something intriguing in Wilder. The humor is much subtler here than in most of Wilder's other efforts.
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- Review: This picture was made before Wilder began fancying himself an auteur and fell into bad acting habits, and consequently offers one of his best, most controlled performances. An offbeat story and the lovely Dublin locations also add to the mix. Wilder has ch… (more)