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Rooney (John Gregson) is a handsome but unambitious Irish sanitation worker. Rooney's landladies would love to see him married to one of their daughters, or nieces, or whatever, but Rooney ain't buyin'. Barry Fitzgerald plays Rooney's elderly bedridden neighbor, whom the young man befriends, turns to for advice, and tries to shield from the old man's bickering relatives. Stronger on characterization than plot, Rooney was based on a popular novel by Catherine Cookson. The film is at its best when the camera roams around the misty streets of Dublin, and at its worst when it pauses for sentiment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


John Gregson
as James Ignatius Rooney
Muriel Pavlow
as Maire Hogan
Barry Fitzgerald
as Grandfather
June Thorburn
as Doreen O'Flynn
Liam Redmond
as Mr. Doolan
Jack MacGowran
as Joe O'Connor
Eddie Byrne
as Micky Hart
Philip O'Flynn
as Paddy Ryan
Irene Browne
as Mrs. Manning French
Maureen Toal
as Kathleen O'Flynn
Marie Kean
as Mrs. O'Flynn
Pauline Delaney
as Mrs. Wall
Harold Goldblatt
as Police Inspector
Noel Purcell
as Tim Hennessy
Godfrey Quigley
as TomReilly
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