Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , based on the musical comedy by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass  give birth in Ireland and then play her grown-up daughter who has moved to America with relatives after her mother dies in childbirth. Suiting Garland’s phenomenal talents, the score is jam-packed with great songs, culminating in a St. Patrick’s Day parade where the young star sings “It’s A Great Day For The Irish”. Other than that, it’s a bunch of malarkey that is mired in false sentiment and non-existent plot motivation. Based on a play by George M. Cohan.

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