poster courtesy of 'Advertising Hitchcock' webpage SYNOPSIS

During the Irish revolution, a poor Dublin family is to receive a large inheritance. They begin leading the "rich life" forgetting about the more important things in life.

Tragedy strikes the family as their daughter is pregnant with an illegitimate child and their son (member of the IRA) is shot.

More distress occurs when the much awaited inheritance never materializes and they must sell their home to survive.


Based on comic tragedy by Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, this film was a big hit with the critics. However, Hitch wasn't pleased for it was based on Casey's success and not his.

Shot on a very small budget.

Hitch didn't care for the play "as a movie." Shots of "chopped off" heads may have been due to budget restraints or lack of interest.

Hitch's first true "talkie."