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The Luck of the Irish Reviews

Power is a hardboiled, ambitious newsman in this delightful fantasy. Power's world is turned upside down by a precocious leprechaun, Kellaway, in one of the character actor's most impressive and hilarious roles. (Kellaway had earlier enacted a similar role in the comedy-fantasy I MARRIED A WITCH, portraying a long-dead warlock.) Power, on a trip to Ireland, stumbles across Kellaway when his car breaks down on a lonely road. Kellaway sends him to a nearby inn where he meets Baxter, the owner. She relates Irish lore and how there are many pots of gold buried thereabouts by leprechauns. Late that night Power spots Kellaway and follows him to a small glen, wrestling him to the ground and compelling him to reveal his pot of gold. But Power refuses to take the gold away with him and therefore obligates Kellaway, who vows to repay the favor. When Power takes Baxter to the glen to show her the spot where he captured a leprechaun, she thinks he's gone a bit daft. Once back in New York, Power is corrupted by Cobb, a right-wing publisher who hires him as a speech writer, wowing him with a heavy salary and a luxury apartment, plus introducing him to Cobb's attractive daughter, Meadows. Power is a bit amazed at the valet provided for him; he is an exact twin to Kellaway, the leprechaun. Kellaway criticizes the speeches Power writes for Cobb which propose ideas Power does not believe in. Then the leprechaun arranges for Power to "accidentally" meet Baxter once more on the subway, learning that she has come to the US to collect an inheritance. He falls deeper in love with her, but Baxter leaves him and returns to Ireland when she sees him with Meadows. Under Kellaway's subtle guidance, Power grows discontented with Cobb and, just as the big shot is to make a coast-to-coast broadcast, Power grabs the microphone and denounces the boss, upholds his ideals, and quits, returning to Ireland and Baxter. The debonair Power is surprisingly good in this comedic role and Kellaway is absolutely fascinating as the gnome-like, mischievous leprechaun, a part originally designed for Barry Fitzgerald.