The Quiet Man

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara

This is the official trailer from my favorite movie of all time. Priceless performances by John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen.

The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank S. Nugent was based on a 1933 Saturday Evening Post short story by Maurice Walsh entitled The Green Rushes. The film is notable for Winton Hoch’s lush photography of the Irish countryside and a long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight.

The Quiet Man was an official selection of the 1952 Venice Film Festival. The film won the Academy Award for Best Director for John Ford, his fourth, and for Best Cinematography. In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

One of the reasons that I love this film so much is that it really captured Ireland at the time. The accents were perfect, many of the lines were significant and very Irish such as the statement that Feeney makes to Will Deneher in the pub when he wanted to fight Sean Thornton (John Wayne). Feeney says, “Ah, Don’t soil your knuckles on the man!”. Or prior to the infamous fight scene when all the town folk turn out to be there for the confrontation with Will Deneher and Sean Thornton as the crowd comes up the hill Feeney turns to Deneher and says “Ah, your in-laws are comin’… Squire Darlin.”  

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