The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

John Wayne
Director: John Ford Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
, Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
John Ford

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Overview

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions a irresistable valentine to the "Auld Sod" in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his past and settle down to a life of tranquility, Wayne has purchased the home of his birth from wealthy local widow Mildred Natwick, a transaction that has incurred the wrath of pugnacious squire Victor McLaglen, who coveted the property for himself. By and by, Wayne falls in love with McLaglen's beautiful, high-spirited sister Maureen O'Hara. Her insistence that Wayne conduct his courtship in a proper Irish manner-with puckish matchmaker Barry Fitzgerald along for the ride as "chaperone"--is but one obstacle to their future happiness: the other is McLaglen, who spitefully refuses to give his consent to his sister's marriage, or to honor the tradition of paying a dowry to Wayne. Wayne could care less about dowries, but the tradition-bound Maureen refuses to consummate her marriage until McLaglen pays up. Under any other circumstances, Wayne would have punched out the bullying McLaglen long ago, but ever since his tragedy in the ring he has been reluctant to fight. Local priest Ward Bond conspires with several locals to trick McLaglen into paying his due. They intimate that widow Natwick, for whom McLaglen carries a torch, will marry the old brute if he'll give his consent to the marriage and fork over the dowry. But McLaglen finds he's been tricked and the situation remains at a standoff, with the frustrated Wayne locked out of his wife's bedroom. When Maureen accuses him of being a coward and walks out on him, our hero can stand no more. He marches Maureen to McLaglen's home, indicating that he plans to whale the tar out of both brother and sister. As a huge and appreciative crowd gathers the cornered McLaglen truculently tosses the money in Wayne's direction. Big John hands the bills to Maureen, just as she knew he would, and she ceremoniously destroys the money, just as he knew je would. Having proven their love for each other, there is nothing left for Wayne and Maureen to do but head home and perform their nuptual duties. But first there's the matter of giving McLaglen the thrashing he deserves....and it is this spectacular donnybrook, which covers several acres of land and at least two "pit stops" so that the combatants can quench their thirst, which convinces Natwick that the defeated McLaglen is truly worthy of her love (her logic is on a par with everyone else's in the film!) Though it tends to perpetuate the myth that all true Irishmen live only to fight, drink and make love, The Quiet Man is grand and glorious fun, enacted with gusto by a largely Hibernian cast and directed with loving care by a master of his craft. Written by Frank Nugent and graced with a lilting musical score by Victor Young, the film won Oscars for Archie Stout's Technicolor photography and for John Ford's direction-a real coup for "poverty row" Republic Pictures. If you haven't already luxuriated in this wonderful film, be sure to catch in on the tube next St. Patrick's Day.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2016
UPC: 0887090600507
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 12,645

Special Features

Mastered from 4k scan of original camera negative; Audio Commentary with John Ford biographer Joseph McBride; A Tribute to Maureen O'Hara with Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills, and Ally Sheedy; "Don't You Remember it, Seanin?: John Ford's The Quiet Man" A Visual Essay by historian and John Ford expert Tag Gallagher; "Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures"; "The Old Man: Peter Bogdanovich Remembers John Ford"; "The Making of The Quiet Man" - 1992 featurette Written and Hosted by Leonard Maltin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Sean Thornton
Maureen O'Hara Mary Kate Danaher
Victor McLaglen Red Will Danaher
Barry Fitzgerald Michaeleen Flynn
Ward Bond Fr. Peter Lonergan
Mildred Natwick Mrs. Sarah Tillane
Francis Ford Dan Tobin
Eileen Crowe Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
May Craig Woman at Railroad Station
Arthur Shields Rev. Cyril Playfair
Charles Fitzsimmons Forbes
James Lilburn Father Paul
Joseph O'Dea Guard Maloney
Eric Gorman Engine Driver Costello
Webb Overlander Station Master
Frank Baker Actor
Douglas Evans Ring Physician
David Hilary Hughes Constable
Tiny Jones The Children
Al Murphy Referee
Bob Perry Actor
Jack Roper Boxer
Hank Worden Trainer in Flashback
Ken Curtis Dermot Fahy
Jack MacGowran Feeney
Mae Marsh Father Paul's Mother
Sean McClory Owen Glynn
Pat O'Malley Man
Michael Wayne Teenage Boy at Races
Harry Tenbrook Policeman
Sam Harris General at Race
Harry Tyler Pat Cohan the Publican
Patrick Wayne Boy on fence at horse race

Technical Credits
John Ford Director,Producer
Arthur Colahan Songwriter
Merian C. Cooper Producer
Michael Donovan Songwriter
Richard Farrelly Songwriter
Richie Hayward Songwriter
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Frank Hotaling Art Director
Michael Killanin Producer
Richard Llewellyn Screenwriter
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Moore Songwriter
Jack Murray Editor
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design
Victor Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Quiet Man
1. Opening [11:24]
2. "That Red Head of Hers Is No Lie" [8:02]
3. Friend to Everyone But One [9:37]
4. First Visitor [12:49]
5. Matchmaker, Matchmaker [7:34]
6. The Innistree Cup [9:12]
7. "Let the Courting Commence" [11:12]
8. The Humour Is On Me Now [11:22]
9. The Morning After [8:07]
10. Good Stretch of the Legs [2:54]
11. She Loves Him, So She Leaves Him [4:06]
12. Visit From the In-Laws [7:36]
13. Chapter 13 [2:21]
14. Chapter 14 [7:20]
15. Chapter 15 [15:33]
16. Chapter 16 [:11]

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