Old Mother Riley's New Venture

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Old Mother Riley's New Venture
"Old Mother Riley's New Venture" (1949).jpg
Directed by John Harlow
Produced by Harry Reynolds
Written by Jack Marks
Con West
John Harlow (additional scenes)
Starring Arthur Lucan
Kitty McShane
Chili Bouchier
Music by George Melachrino
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Adam Alexander Dawson
Harry Reynolds Productions
Distributed by Renown Pictures
Release date
  • July 1949 (1949-07)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1] 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; and the first to be released in the U.S., where it opened in 1952, as Old Mother Riley, (and was re-released there as A Wild Irish Night).[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The owner of a five star London hotel leaves for a holiday, and to everyone's surprise promotes Old Mother Riley from kitchen dishwasher to manageress. Chaos ensues, and Mother Riley and Kitty are suddenly suspects in the theft of the Royal Hula Diamond, but somehow along the way, also manage a trip to a beauty parlour. a banquet with Arab royalty, some Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, and a climactic custard pie fight.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

  • The Digital Fix wrote, "New Venture is essentially unwatchable...Old routines, a bare minimum of laughs and a comic pairing who are, quite frankly, way beyond their best."[4]
  • At the time of the film's release, Monthly Film Bulletin called the film, "a vivacious slapsick comedy."[2]
  • On its U.S. release, Variety wrote of the film, "offers little appeal for most situations...Film's best market appears to lie in "Irish Night" shows or in neighbourhoods where there's a sizable Irish population. Cast is unknown to American audiences... Arthur Lucan has a thespian field day in the title role."[2]


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