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TCM to air Irish themed classics St. Patrick's Day

If your looking to get your Irish on with classic movies this St. Patrick's Day, cable television's Turner Classic Movies channel is your best resource. Eight Irish themed films will play from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday March 17. You can see the full schedule at including the highlighted films below.

"Casablanca's" Oscar winning director Michael Curtiz kick starts your St. Patty's morning with the 1934 romantic drama "The Key." William Powell stars as British Captain Bill Tennant sent to 1920 Ireland to deal with the Irish fight for independence in this adaptation of the same titled British stage play. He discovers an old flame (Edna Best) is now the wife of a fellow officer ("Frankenstein's" Colin Clive) and complications ensue.

Following at 7:30 a.m., James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Olivia de Havilland headline "The Irish in Us" (1935). It's a delightful comedy concerning the three sons of Mrs. O'Hara, a Pavlovian boxer, and a lovely lass who brings romantic entanglements.

If you love Irish themed ballads, tune in for 1947's "My Wild Irish Rose" at noon. This loosely factual musical biography stars Dennis Morgan as Chauncey Olcott, the tugboat operator who went on to pen the immortal title tune and many others. Arlene Dahl co-stars in this song filled Oscar nominee for Best Music.

It doesn't get more St. Patrick's Day perfect than Fred Astaire and British pop star Petula Clark fleeing a leprechaun whose pot of gold they've stolen in "Finian's Rainbow" (1968). Landing in a mythical American south, this adaptation of the Broadway musical also manages to deal with tobacco and mint grafting and racial bigotry. Francis Ford Coppola directed this Oscar nominee for Best Sound and Best Music. Songs include "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Old Devil Moon." It airs at 5:15 p.m.

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