Possibly my most popular old post here is the one on the music in the 1952 John Ford movie classic “The Quiet Man.” Around St. Patrick’s Day and every time the film is on TV, I suddenly have dozens of...
John Wayne was so often a cowboy or a soldier that it is a nice change to see him in a different role. The Quiet Man is his best change of pace. This is his most romantic movie. Not to worry though, this is definitely a guy movie that culminates in a famous fight scene.
At last filming The Quiet Man began in June 1951, during one of the sunniest summers on record. Everything went smoothly. There was a genuine outpouring of goodwill from the people of Cong and everywhere in Ireland, towards the project. The crew and cast were happy. The actors were generous with signing autographs, making guest appearances at charity events, and had an excellent working relationship with the director John Ford. Ford was in wonderful good form. He had exorcised his war ghosts by making an astonishing 10 movies in only six years. Now he was relaxed and cheerful, beaming to be in Ireland with great actors, many of whom were his friends, and a script which he clearly liked. He had already worked out changes which he had discussed with his friend and adviser Brian Desmond Hurst in their rented house in Spiddal.
The Quiet Man. Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary KateDanaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered Red Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent.. .
Mary KateDanaher: It's a bold one you are! Who gave you leave to be kissin' me?<br>
Thornton: So you can talk!<br>
Mary KateDanaher: Yes I can, I will and I do! And it's more than talk you'll be gettin' if you step a step closer to me!<br>
Thornton: Don't worry - you've got a wallop!<br>
Mary KateDanaher: You'll get over it, I'm thinkin'.<br>
Thornton: Well, some things a man doesn't get over so easy.<br>
Mary KateDanaher: Like what, supposin'?<br>
Thornton: Like the sight of a girl coming through the fields with the sun on her hair... kneeling in church with a face like a saint...<br>
Mary KateDanaher: Saint indeed!<br>
Thornton: ...and now coming to a man's house to clean it for him.<br>
Mary KateDanaher: But... that was just my way of bein' a good Christian act.<br>
Thornton: I know it was, Mary KateDanaher. And it was nice of you.<br>
Mary KateDanaher: Not at all.