The Best Of The Old Mother Riley Films
Co-starring with the great Arthur Lucan was the great Bela Lugosi the Hungarian born actor who gained immense fame in Hollywood in the 1930's as Dracula and other horror roles.
The film is ingenious in as much that it pairs two icons of two entirely different genres in one elaborate and hilariously funny spoof horror film.
The film’s success and enduring popularity is a standing testimony that Lucan did not need Kitty McShane.
Spoof horror -comedy movies were popularised by many comedians around this time.
The movie takes the Old Mother Riley character beyond its usual formats and marked a clear and refreshing change for what could have been a brand new series of Mother Riley movies.
Sadly, Arthur Lucan died before his next movie Old Mother Riley’s Trip To Mars (1954) went into production.
One can only wonder at what films and successes Lucan as Old Mother Riley could have achieved if he had lived in the 50’s and 60’s in full colour movies.