This is not merely a matter of John McCormack singing 11 songs. Fox has molded what might easily have become so much sentimental sop into a charming background for the Irish tenor.
The script [from a story by J.J. McCarthy] draws him as a prominent singer in his native land with an unsuccessful love affair, the subject of which, Mary, has wed elsewhere by command. Her death leaves him to look after her two children. The build-up to the ‘I Hear You Calling Me’ climax comes when Mary dies and a cable so informs McCormack’s accompanist as the tenor is in the midst of an American concert.
Meanwhile, there are the two village cronies – J.M. Kerrigan and Farrell MacDonald. Almost as good as Kerrigan’s comedy is MacDonald’s ‘straight’. Between them it’s superb. Maureen O’Sullivan and the lad, Tommy Clifford, impress favorably.