πŸŽ₯ The Quiet Man – 1952

The Story …

In the 1920s, Sean “Trooper Thorn” Thornton, an Irish-born retired boxer, travels from Pittsburgh to his birthplace of Inisfree to purchase the old family farm.

Shortly after arriving, he meets and falls in love with fiery, red-headed Mary Kate Danaher, the sister of bullying Squire “Red” Will Danaher.

Will also wants to buy the old Thornton property, and is angered when the property’s current owner, the wealthy Widow Tillane, accepts Sean’s bid instead of his. Will then retaliates by refusing consent for Sean to marry his sister …

Some village residents, including Father Peter Lonergan and local matchmaker-cum-bookmaker Michaeleen Γ“ge Flynn, [b] trick Will Danaher into believing that Widow Tillane will marry him if Mary Kate is no longer under his roof. He gleefully allows the marriage, but he refuses to give Mary Kate her dowry when he finds he was deceived.

Sean, unschooled in Irish customs, professes no interest in obtaining the dowry; but to Mary Kate, the dowry represents her personal value to the community and her freedom. She insists that the dowry must be received to validate their marriage, causing an estrangement between her and Sean. The villagers eventually persuade Will to release Mary Kate’s furniture, but Will refuses to hand over the monetary part of the dowry.

Mary Kate believes Sean is a coward for not fighting Will. Sean goes to local Protestant Minister and fellow former boxer, Rev. Cyril Playfair, and reveals that he once accidentally killed a younger, married opponent in the ring. Sean had sworn to give up fighting out of fear and guilt over the manslaughter. Mary Kate also confesses (in Irish Gaelic) her part in the quarrel to Father Lonergan, who berates her for her selfishness. She and Sean partially reconcile that night, and they share the bedroom for the first time since their marriage.

However, the next morning, Mary Kate quietly leaves their cottage and boards a train for Dublin, hoping this pretense of leaving will spur Sean to action. Sean soon learns from Michaeleen where she is, races his horse to the train station, and pulls her off the train. Followed by a growing crowd of villagers, Sean forces Mary Kate to walk with him the five miles (8 km) back to the Danaher farm.

There, Sean confronts Will and demands the dower-money. When Will refuses, Sean throws Mary Kate back at her brother, declaring he will abide by the Irish custom “no fortune, no marriage”. The ultimatum shocks both Mary Kate and Will, who finally pays the Β£350 (over Β£17,000 in 2022). Sean immediately burns it in the boiler, abetted by Mary Kate. She proudly leaves for home, but a humiliated Will takes a swing at Sean, only to be knocked down by Sean’s defensive counter-punch.

A donnybrook ensues, then evolves into a long Homeric fistfight between Sean and Will after they insincerely agree to adhere to the Marquess of Queensberry rules. This much-anticipated match attracts more and more spectators as it continues for miles across the landscape. The fighters finally pause for a drink inside Cohan’s Bar, where they begrudgingly admit a mutual respect for one another. As they argue over who will pay for the drinks, Will tosses a brew into Sean’s face.

Sean punches Will, sending him falling through the bar doors to lie unconscious in the street, ending the fight. Later, the reconciled and inebriated brothers-in-law stagger arm-in-arm back to Sean and Mary Kate’s home for supper, much to Mary Kate’s amusement and delight.

The next day, a humbled Will and the Widow Tillane begin their own courtship, and they ride out of the village side by side in a jaunting car driven by Michaeleen. Sean, Mary Kate, and the villagers wave to them as they pass, before Sean and Mary Kate playfully chase each other across the fields back to the cottage.

Credits :

  • Directed by John Ford
  • Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent
  • Based on the short story The Quiet Man by Maurice Walsh
  • Produced by John Ford and Merian C. Cooper
  • Narrated by Ward Bond
  • Cinematography : Winton C. Hoch
  • Edited by Jack Murray
  • Music by Victor Young
  • Colour Process : Technicolor
  • Production Companies : Republic Pictures and Argosy Pictures
  • Distributed by Republic Pictures
  • Release Dates : June 6, 1952

Cast :

  • John Wayne as Sean Thornton
  • Maureen O’Hara as Mary Kate Danaher
  • Barry Fitzgerald as Michaeleen “Γ“ge” Flynn
  • Victor McLaglen as Squire “Red” Will Danaher
  • Ward Bond as Father Peter Lonergan
  • Mildred Natwick as the Widow Sarah Tillane
  • Francis Ford as Dan Tobin
  • Arthur Shields as Rev. Cyril Playfair
  • Eileen Crowe as Elizabeth Playfair
  • Charles FitzSimons as Hugh Forbes
  • James Fitzsimons (as James Lilburn) as Father Paul
  • Sean McClory as Owen Glynn
  • Emily Eby as Mave Campbell
  • Jack MacGowran as Ignatius Feeney
  • May Craig as Fishwoman with Basket at Station
  • Paddy O’Donnell as Railway porter
  • Eric Gorman as Costello – Engine driver
  • Kevin Lawless as Engine fireman
  • Joseph O’Dea as Molouney – Train guard
  • Tony Canzoneri as Boxing Second
  • Frank Baker as Man in Bar
  • Ruth Clifford as Mother
  • Maureen Coyne as Dan Tobin’s Daughter Ireland
  • Mimi Doyle as Dan Tobin’s Daughter USA
  • Ken Curtis as Dermot Fahy
  • Douglas Evans as Ring Physician
  • Charles Ferguson as Danaher Brother
  • Robert Foy as Driver of Cart Across River
  • Sam Harris as the deaf General
  • D.R.O. Hatswell as Guppy
  • John Horan as Man at Railway Station
  • David Hughes as Police Constable
  • Billy Jones as Bugler
  • Tiny Jones as Nell (Maid)
  • Colin Kenny as Pub Extra
  • Patrick Wayne as Boy on Wagon at Horse Race
  • Michael Wayne as Teenage Boy at Races
  • Toni Wayne as Teenage Girl at Races
  • Melinda Wayne as Girl on Wagon at Horse Race
  • Mae Marsh as Father Paul’s Mother
  • Jim Morrin as Roof Thatcher
  • Jim McVeigh as Man Following Cart Across River
  • Harry Tenbrook as Police Sergeant Hanan
  • Harry Tyler as Pat Cohan (Publican)
  • Al Murphy as Boxing Referee
  • Hank Worden as Boxing Trainer
  • Michael O’Brian as Musha Musha Man
  • Pat O’Malley as Man in Bar
  • Frank O’Connor as Ringside Photographer
  • Web Overlander as Hugh Bailey (Stationmaster)
  • Bob Perry as Trooper Thorn’s Ringside Trainer
  • Darla Ridgeway as Girl
  • Freddy Ridgeway as Boy
  • Philip Stainton as Anglican Bishop
  • Jack Roper as Tony Gardello (Boxer)
  • Brick Sullivan as Townsman

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