Abie’s Irish Rose (1928): Fleming’s Early Talkie, Starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Nancy Carroll

Victor Fleming directed Abie’s Irish Rose a part-talkie film, starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Nancy Carroll, Jean Hersholt, and J. Farrell MacDonald.

Abie’s Irish Rose
Theatrical release poster for Abie's Irish Rose

Theatrical release poster

It is based on the popular 1922 play “Abie’s Irish Rose” by Anne Nichols.

A Jewish boy, Abie Levy (Rogers), falls in love with and secretly marries Rosemary Murphy (Nancy Carroll), an Irish Catholic girl, but lies to his family that she’s Jewish.

The fathers of both bride and groom are at first religiously bigoted, but with the birth of twin grandchildren, their antagonism fades.

The film was later remade in 1946.


Charles “Buddy” Rogers as Abie Levy
Nancy Carroll as Rosemary Murphy
Jean Hersholt as Solomon Levy
J. Farrell MacDonald as Patrick Murphy
Bernard Gorcey as Isaac Cohen
Ida Kramer as Mrs. Isaac Cohen
Nick Cogley as Father Whalen
Camillus Pretal as Rabbi Jacob Samuels
Rosa Rosanova as Sarah


Directed by Victor Fleming
Produced by B. P. Schulberg
Written by Jules Furthman, Julian Johnson, Herman Mankiewicz (titles), based on Abie’s Irish Rose by Anne Nichols
Music by J. S. Zamecnik
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by Eda Warren

Production company: Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Release date: November 3, 1928

Running time:  12 reels (10,471 feet)
Box office $1.5 million