Finians Rainbow (1968)
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|A leprechaun goes to america to retrieve a stolen pot of gold.|
Editor's NoteIt's hard to believe THE GODFATHER filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola was also responsible for this charming, whimsical musical. Fred Astaire stars in his last full-length musical role as Finian McLonergan. In Ireland, Finian manages to steal a pot of gold from unlucky leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele). Finian and daughter Sharon (Petula Clark) journey to Rainbow Valley in America and join the townspeople there in defending themselves against the racist Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn). The buried gold becomes the lucky crock that helps Og, Finian, and the townspeople fulfill their dreams.
Cast & Crew
|Al Freeman, Jr.|
|Hermes Pan - Choreography|
|Burton Lane - Music|
|E.Y. Harburg - Writer/Lyrics|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Director|
|Fred Saidy - Writer|
|Joseph Landon - Producer|
|Philip Lathrop - Director of Photography|
Plot SummaryTwenty years after its opening on Broadway, the musical FINIAN'S RAINBOW made its debut on film thanks to Francis Ford Coppola. The movie stars Fred Astaire as Irishman Finian McLonergan, who steals a pot of gold from the leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele) and, with his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark), brings it to Rainbow Valley in the fictional southern state of Missitucky. Sharecropper Woody Mahoney (Don Francks) and the rest of the community of Rainbow Valley are fighting to keep their land and tobacco crop away from the creedy, racist hands of Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn) and his assistant, Buzz Collins (Ronald Colby). Og's magical pot of gold causes more trouble than good when Sharon's wish that the senator would know what it's like to be black comes true. The rest of the pot's wishes are quickly used up trying to undo the trouble. The hit song "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" is one of the highlights from the musical score. This was Fred Astaire's last full-length musical, and he is a delight to watch.
|Ray Heindorf, Nominee, Best Score Of A Musical Picture|
|Fred Astaire, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor--Musical Comedy|
Golden Globe (1969)
|Petula Clark, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress--Musical Comedy|
|Barbara Hancock, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress|
|Barbara Hancock, Nominee, Most Promising Female Newcomer|
|"Ever since I was two years high you've been seeing leprechauns in the cabbage patch and rainbows over your whiskey jug."----Sharon McLonergan (Petula Clark)|
|"I don't know where all you immigrants get these foreign ideas."----Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn)|
|"Fairyland was never like this!"----Og the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele)|