Talk of a Million

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Talk of a Million
"Talk of a Million" (1951).jpg
U.S. poster
Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
Produced by Alex Boyd
Written by Frederick Gotfurt
Based on the play They Got What They Wanted by Louis D'Alton[1]
Starring Jack Warner
Barbara Mullen
Music by Leighton Lucas
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by Edward B. Jarvis
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (U.K.)
Release date
  • March 1951 (1951-03)
Running time
77 minutes [2]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £96,963 (UK)[3]

Talk of a Million (A.K.A. You Can't Beat the Irish) is a 1951 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs, starring Jack Warner, with an early appearance from Sid James.[4][5]


Shakespeare loving Bartley Murnahan (Jack Warner) is a likeable, but work-shy fraudster who convinces creditors that he is due a half million pound inheritance, and goes ahead purchasing a number of expensive properties. How long will it take before the creditors see through his blarney?


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times noted "a pleasantly garrulous little item that turned up at the Park Avenue yesterday...The plot, it might be noted, is closer to contrivance than ingenuity but the performances are uniformly fine. Jack Warner is excellent as the cultured but lazy father, who is anxious to help his brood and just as ready to quote the Bard at a moment's notice. Barbara Mullen does equally well in the role of his persevering wife. Acting honors, however, go to Michael Dolan, an Abbey Theatre veteran, as the designing village grocer, whose schemes to bilk our hero backfire. Only Barry Fitzgerald could approximate his characterization and it would take a poteen-filled denizen of a Dublin shebeen to equal his brogue and delivery. Add too, the explosive performance of Noel Purcell as an irascible farmer."[6] while TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, calling it "Pleasantly whimsical, as expected from the title (You Can't Beat the Irish)."[7]


  1. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "TALK OF A MILLION - British Board of Film Classification". 
  3. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p496
  4. ^ "Talk of a Million". 30 April 1952 – via IMDb. 
  5. ^ "Talk of a Million (1951)". 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "You Can't Beat The Irish". 

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