Old Mother Riley. Image shows from L to R: Kitty Riley (Kitty McShane), Old Mother Riley (Arthur Lucan). Copyright: Butcher's Film Service / Hope-Bell Film Productions.

Old Mother Riley

Old Mother Riley

Old Mother Riley and her daughter foil a plan of disinherited relatives to break a will, which states that a stranger must be taken in for 6 months

Genre
Film
Released
1937
Starring
Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Barbara Everest, Patrick Ludlow, J. Hubert Leslie, Edith Sharpe, Syd Crossley, Charles Paton and others
Writer
Con West
Director
Oswald Mitchell

Upon the death of wealthy businessman William Briggs, his family are shocked to discover a peculiar stipulation in his will.

His son, Edwin, is to leave their large Mayfair mansion and invite the first person he meets selling the family business's product - Briggs' Matches - to live with them. If the stranger stays for at least 6 months then Edwin and his mother will each receive 50% of the significant W. Briggs estate.

However, if the guest leaves the family home for any reason before the 6 months are up, the estate will be divided between William's sister and extended family.

Naturally, each side is keen to outdo the other - and who should the first person be that Edwin meets on the street but matchseller Old Mother Riley and her daughter, Kitty...

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