One of John Ford’s greatest and most loved films, The Quiet Man is at once a rollicking, robust comedy, a passionate love story, and a misty-eyed ode to Ford’s Irish homeland.
John Wayne, a boxer returned to his birthplace in the small village of Innisfree, stumbles on the local customs and the resentment and suspicions of the townspeople, particularly a despised bully played by Victor McLaglen. He also loses his heart to McLaglen’s beautiful sister (Maureen O’Hara, who was never lovelier).
Their rivalry comes to an explosive, hilarious climax when O’Hara refuses to consider herself married until Wayne receives her dowry from McLaglen. The secretive American finally unleashses his fists and earns his wife’s love and respect. Ford’s brother Francis, a silent-era actor and director, appears in a funny cameo as an old man who refuses to expire until he witnesses the battle royal. This is a rewarding look directly into Ford’s heart.
Ashford Castle, the picturesque Irish hotel in Cong, County Galway, where director John Ford and other key personnel for The Quiet Man stayed on location, is seen behind the film’s opening credits.
Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor: Victor McLaglen; Best Screenplay.
Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, Eileen Crowe, Barry Fitzgerald, Francis Ford, Mildred Natwick,
Director: John Ford
Producers: Merian C. Cooper, John Ford, Michel Killanin
Original Story: Maurice Walsh
Director of Photographys: Winton C. Hoch, Archie Stout
Editor: Jack Murray
Composer: Victor Young
Screenwriters: Richard Llewellyn, Frank S. Nugent
Art Director: Frank Hotaling
USA / Republic / 153 minutes / 1952