Said O'Reilly to McNab

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Said O'Reilly to McNab
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Directed by William Beaudine
Produced by Edward Black
Screenplay by Leslie Arliss
Marriott Edgar
Howard Irving Young
Starring Will Mahoney
Will Fyffe
Ellis Drake
Music by Jack Beaver
Louis Levy
Cinematography Arthur Crabtree
Edited by Alfred Roome
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
July 1937
Running time
80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Said O'Reilly to McNab is a 1937 British comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring Will Mahoney, Will Fyffe and Ellis Drake.[1] It was made at Islington Studios by Gainsborough Pictures.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art director Alex Vetchinsky. Leslie Arliss and Marriott Edgar wrote the screenplay.


American confidence trickster Timothy O'Reilly has to flee New York with the law after him for his dubious business activities. He goes with his loyal, quick-thinking secretary across the Atlantic to Scotland where his son Terence is living. He finds Terence is in love with the daughter of Malcolm McNab, a tight-fisted local businessman. The two engage in a certain amount of rivalry while O'Reilly tries to find a way to refresh his financial fortune and get McNab's permission for their children to marry. These include a game of golf at which both try to cheat and a miracle new dieting pill which is in fact just a caramel sweet.


  • Will Mahoney as Colonel Timothy O'Reilly
  • Will Fyffe as Malcolm McNab
  • Ellis Drake as Mrs McNab
  • Jean Winstanley as Mary McNab
  • James Carney as Terence O'Reilly
  • Sandy McDougal as Jock McKay
  • Marianne Davis as Sophie
  • Lillian Urquhart as Maggie
  • Percy Parsons as Mr Dunkel
  • Robert Gall as Jock Mc Nab


  1. ^ ""Said O'Reilly to McNab" (1937) - BFI". BFI. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Wood p.96


  • Marshall, Wendy L. William Beaudine: from silents to television. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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