finain's rainbow

the year: 1968

the genre: musical

the cast: Fred Astaire (Finian McLonergan); Petula Clark (Sharon McLonergan); Tommy Steele (Og the Leprechaun); Don Fracks (Woody Mahoney); Keenan Wynn (Senator Rawkins); Barbara Hancock (Susan the Silent)

the plot: Finian McLonergan has emigrated from Ireland to the town of Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky with his daughter Sharon. Finian is intent on burying a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox, in the belief it will grow and multiply. Hot on their heels is Og, a leprechaun intent on recovering his treasure, before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complicating matters are a corrupt senator who makes no effort to conceal his racial bigotry and the wishes made by those unknowingly in the vicinity of the hidden crock.

check out: the groovy llama maypole.

extra bonus points: if you can name the three movies that Keenan Wynn and Fred Astaire co-starred in together before FR.

listen for: “Fairyland was never like THIS!”

count: how many times The Gospeliers sing the word “begat.”

don’t miss: Og singing “When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love, I Love the Girl I’m Near.” here


Millie Motts said...

Answer: Royal Wedding (1951), Three Little Words (1950), The Belle of New York (1952)

bporter said...

I just want a tree that showers money like that. "on that great come and get it day!"