In a special screening to mark St Patrick’s Day, the Barbican is showing a silent film never seen before in UK film starring the wonderful Colleen Moore.
According to Sunniva O'Flynn, curator at the Irish Film Institute, "it's comedy about a young man who emigrates from a thatched cottage in the bucolic backwater of Lisdoonvarna to a rooming house in the bustling metroplis of New York leaving behind his beloved, Moyna, and his clay-pipe-smoking mother. Full of romantic misunderstanding and merry japes and peopled with society dames and drunks and smiling Irish cops, Come On Over features a brilliant cast of Irish and Irish American players including the dashing Ralph Graves, the indomitable ingénue Colleen Moore, and the wonderful comedienne Cork-born Kate Price.
It’s a joy from start to finish, not least for the inter-titles written in a bizarre Oirish brogue. Some of my favourites include “But, Shane darlin’, you’re making me your widdy before you make me your wife!”; “It’s my little Moyna or her fetch – Only your voice is taller than it once was”; “It’s yourself that’s had the use of the May dew on her cheeks” and there’s lots more where those came from."
With the fantastic John Sweeney on piano, what better way to spend St. Patrick's Day?
Book tickets here
And you can read more about the film here
We will meet up in the bar next to the auditorium 15 minutes before the film starts and head off for a Guinness or soft drink after the film.