“Pot o’ Gold” is a 1941 American musical comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring James Stewart and Paulette Goddard.
The story follows Jimmy Haskell (Stewart), a young man who has just been fired from his job and is struggling to make ends meet. He discovers that his grandfather has left him a deed to a run-down music store, which he decides to sell. However, when he meets Molly McCorkle (Goddard), the daughter of the owner of a rival music store, he decides to keep the store and compete with her father.
Jimmy soon learns that his store has a unique feature – a hidden safe containing a large sum of money, known as the “pot o’ gold”. However, he must keep the safe a secret from Molly and her father, who are determined to put him out of business.
As the competition between the two music stores heats up, Jimmy and Molly begin to fall in love. But when Molly discovers the existence of the pot o’ gold, she uses it to her advantage, threatening to reveal its location unless Jimmy agrees to sell his store to her father.
In the end, Jimmy and Molly team up to perform a successful benefit concert, using the money raised to pay off both their debts and to improve their stores. They also discover a shared passion for music, and decide to join forces in both business and love.
“Pot o’ Gold” is known for its upbeat musical numbers, including the title song “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” and for its charismatic performances by Stewart and Goddard. It is also notable for its portrayal of Irish-American culture, featuring traditional Irish music and dance.
Walter DeLeon, Andrew Bennison, Monte Brice
James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt