This picture was made before Wilder began fancying himself an auteur
and fell into bad acting habits, and consequently offers one of his best, most controlled performances. An offbeat story and the lovely Dublin locations also add to the mix. Wilder has chosen to earn his living by
following delivery horses through the streets, picking up their droppings and selling them to housewives as fertilizer. He makes a good living at what he does, and, unlike his father (Ford), who works long, hard hours in a foundry, Wilder gets plenty of exercise and fresh air, and enjoys his
independence. His job also provides perks like his continuing affair with one of his regul...