The Rising of the Moon

The Rising of the Moon

Noel Purcell
Director: John Ford Cast: Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
, Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
, Jimmy O'Dea
Jimmy O'Dea
John Ford

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To make the Rising of the Moon, American filmmaker John Ford returned to his Irish roots. An obscure and highly personal film for Ford, it is comprised of three episodes--each offering insight into Irish culture and values. All are introduced by Tyrone Power. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer is assigned to arrest an Irish curmudgeon who hit the neighbor who sold him a lousy batch of homemade whiskey. But this is no ordinary arrest as the old man is a traditionalist who loathes the new directions his beloved Eire is going. Out of respect, the cop eschews his car and walks to his cottage. The two have a conversation and the old man mourns the loss of the old ways and expresses his frustration over the encroachment of modern amenities that are destroying the Irish heritage. The sympathetic cop offers to free him if the old man will pay a small fine, but though the codger has more than enough to pay it, he refuses on principal. Even when the man who filed the charges offers to pay the fine, the coot refuses to give in and stoically heads off to serve his time. As he walks with the officer to the jail, the whole town comes out to honor the old man. Set at a train station "A Minute's Wait" offers a humorous look at Irish conceptions of time as train's brief scheduled stop to pick up some lobsters for an important dinner stretches out into a long, leisurely pause. The final vignette, "1921" features members of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and tells the story of how they engineer an elaborate rescue of an Irish patriot from prison.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2013
UPC: 0883316721087
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 28,135

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noel Purcell Dan O'Flaherty, the Old Man
Cyril Cusack Inspector Michael Dillon
Jimmy O'Dea Porter
Denis O'Dea The Police Sergeant [1921]
Eileen Crowe His Wife
Anita Bolster His Wife [A Minute's Wait]
John Cowley The Gombeen Man
May Craig Matchmaking Aunt [A Minute's Wait]
Maureen Delaney Old Woman [1921]
J.G. Devlin The Guard [A Minute's Wait]
Donal Donnelly Sean Curran [1921]
Paul Farrell Chauffeur
Harold Goldblatt Matchmaking Father [A Minute's Wait]
Maurice Good Constable O'Grady [1921]
Eric Gorman Actor
Frank Lawton British Major [1921]
Edward Lexy RQMS [1921]
Jack MacGowran Mickey J.
Maureen O'Connell May Ann McMahon, her Niece [A Minute's Wait]
Joseph O'Dea Warder [1921]
Maureen Potter Barmaid [A Minute's Wait]
Tyrone Power Introduction
Godfrey Quigley Christy, his Boy [A Minute's Wait]
Tony Quinn Railroad Station Chief
Michael Trubshawe Col. Frobisher [A Minute's Wait]
Michael O'Duffy The Singer [A Minute's Wait]
Dennis Brennan [1921]
Maureen Cusack False Nuns [1921]

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Jimmy Bourke Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Garde Makeup
Michael Gordon Editor
Michael Killanin Producer
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Eamonn O'Gallagher Score Composer
Ray Simm Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Rising of the Moon
1. Chapter 1 [1:53]
2. Chapter 2 [1:05]
3. Chapter 3 [4:53]
4. Chapter 4 [8:32]
5. Chapter 5 [6:50]
6. Chapter 6 [3:21]
7. Chapter 7 [3:15]
8. Chapter 8 [6:21]
9. Chapter 9 [5:10]
10. Chapter 10 [4:58]
11. Chapter 11 [4:48]
12. Chapter 12 [3:21]
13. Chapter 13 [4:15]
14. Chapter 14 [4:51]
15. Chapter 15 [3:50]
16. Chapter 16 [5:23]
17. Chapter 17 [7:11]
18. Chapter 18 [:49]

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