The Luck of the Irish (1948)
The 1948 Twentieth Century Fox film "The Luck of the Irish" has a Spanish doubloon
from the Armada starring as a "lucky coin".
The coin appears throughout the film while the Leprechaun encourages the romance between
Tyrone and Anne Baxter, an Irish girl who he met there.
Newspaper reporter Stephen Fitzgerald and another reporter Bill are driving in a remote part of Ireland.
They manage to wreck the car and Stephen goes for help.
Near a waterfall he meets a little man.
2. Stephen at the waterfall
Stephen sees a little man and asks him for directions.
3. Stephen gets directions
The little man gives him directions to a nearby inn.
4. Irish inn
The inn is run by the innkeeper Tatie and a young woman named Nora.
Stephen tells Tatie about his experience, Tatie replies that Stephen saw the local Leprechaun,
but Nora doesn't believe in these things.
One has to spit on the gold or it will change into pebbles.
and follows him to the waterfall.
Stephen jumps the Leprechaun, and after a brief wrestling, forces him to dig up his pot of gold.
5. Stephen forces the Leprechaun to show his pot
The pot is full of gold coins.
6. Pot with coins
The design of the prop coins appear to be based on a medieval Spanish coin design.
The Leprechaun takes a liking to Stephen and gives him a gold coin for "luck".
7. Coin closeup (rotated)
A closeup of the coin, a film prop apparently based on an old Spanish coin of King Ferdinand.
The coin legend reads "NAVARR" and "FERNANDVS".
She doesn't believe his story about the Leprechaun and he shows her the coin.
8. Stephen shows coin to Nora
She tells him that it is a Spanish doubloon.
It's a doubloon, sixteenth century Spanish, I think.
There have been many of them in Ireland since the Armada was wrecked here.
The farmers bring them in from time to time.
That's a nice one.
The Spanish Armada was a fleet of ships sent to invade England in 1588, it failed,
and bad weather forced some of the ships to wreck on the coasts of Ireland.
Mr. Augur plans to run for the US Senate and have Stephen work for him as a press agent.
9. Stephen and Mr. Augur plan his campaign
Stephen and Frances head out to a restaurant for a dinner date.
10. Stephen and Frances
Frances has arranged for a furnished apartment for Stephen, and has designed it herself,
with various pieces of avant-garde art.
The butler introduces himself as Horace.
11. The new butler at work in the kitchen
Stephen knows he has met Horace before.
12. Stephen shows coin to Horace
Horace agrees that they have met before at a residence where Horace was a servant.
13. Stephen meets Nora on a New York subway stairway
Nora tells Stephen that she is in New York to handle some business involving her relatives.
14. Nora gets to see the "lucky coin"
Nora takes Stephen to an Irish pub.
15. Stephen and Nora at an Irish pub
Horace has been advising Stephen not to be a "servant" like him by working for Mr. Augur.
Mr. Augur has become more demanding of Stephen's time, ordering him to work nights.
Stephen's personality brought on by money.
He asks Horace what is going on.
16. The "lucky coin" turns into a pebble
Horace admits that he is the Leprechaun and that he came to New York to help Stephen,
by bringing him gold (presumably meaning Nora).
as manager of his newspapers.
17. Multiple Leprechauns
18. Stephen resigns
Stephen announces that he is resigning and plans to "sit next to a waterfall".
Frances breaks up with him.
19. Stephen and Nora married and living in Ireland
Stephen is now the one to leave a bottle outside.
20. A bottle for an old friend
Tyrone Power as Stephen Fitzgerald
Anne Baxter as Nora
Cecil Kellaway as the Leprechaun (Horace)
Lee J. Cobb as David C. Augur
Jayne Meadows as Frances Augur
Writers: Philip Dunne, Constance Jones, Guy Jones