A Jewish girl falls for an Irish boy, much to the displeasure of both families. Believe it or not, the Irish-Jewish wedding story was a wildly popular trope that was featured in songs, plays and motion pictures. (Harpo Marx described one of these plays as “no worse than a bad cold” and he has a point.)
This budget rendition of the old story is pretty hackneyed by any standard but it is one of very few examples of the genre available to the general public. The Shamrock and the Rose is more for film historians, anyone studying portrayals of ethnicity on the silent screen and die hard Mack Swain fans.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The star-crossed lovers marry and his family accepts the marriage. Her family doesn’t– until the baby is born.
If it were a dessert it would be: Generic Twinkie Rip-offs. The original isn’t really the best thing for you but the knock-off loses much in translation.
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine. As usual, I have not seen but cannot recommend the Alpha edition due to their tendency to snip out scenes and title cards, some of which are essential to understanding the film’s plot.