National Affairs: Irish Belittled

Two able-bodied Irish matrons, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Callahan, hurl garbled Hibernian-English at each other over a backyard fence. They grab at each other's hair, throw pots and pans. They swat their children, who make love in cow-like fashion and threaten to entangle the two families in matrimonial alliances. In the end, of course, the children do get married.

To all true-blooded Irish men and women, such activity is neither funny nor characteristic—said the Irish World of New York last week. That newspaper demanded that all cinema...

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