Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane created their very popular mother and daughter double act in the Variety Halls and topped the bill for almost 30 years. Lucan went on to make film history by being the first man to dress as a woman all the way through a feature film! No less than 15 'Old Mother Riley' films were made between 1937 and 1952, a testament to the enduring popularity of this bizarre and truly original comedy character.
Old Mother Riley in Paris (1938) When Old Mother Riley and her wayward daughter Kitty both lose their jobs, only a fast insurance claim saves them from ruin. Now flush with cash, they decide to head for Paris. Kitty wants to find her boyfriend and Old Mother Riley's keen to track down her lodger, Joe. Once in Paris, trouble ensues - with hilarious consequences. Old Mother Riley is mistaken for a spy and finds herself on stage performing in an Apache Indian big dance number!
Old Mother Riley M.P. (1939) Old Mother Riley brings the House down as she stands for parliament in this classic British comedy! A wild and extremely strange elderly Irish washerwoman, Old Mother Riley runs foul of her local council and decides to take matters into her own hands by running for parliament. However, the voting public just aren't ready for Old Mother Riley's unique form of canvassing!