The Plough and the Stars (1936)

 |  Drama  |  26 December 1936 (USA)
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A husband clashes with his wife over his membership to the Irish citizen army.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denis O'Dea ...
The Covey
Eileen Crowe ...
F.J. McCormick ...
Arthur Shields ...
Moroni Olsen ...
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Uncle Peter
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Robert Homans ...
Timmy the Barman
Brandon Hurst ...
Sergeant Tinley


A husband clashes with his wife over his membership to the Irish citizen army.

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26 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Horas Amargas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Ford hated the film, which was to be his passion project. He even walked off the set, forcing assistant directors to finish shooting the movie, loudly proclaiming that RKO "ruined the damned thing." See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) See more »

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Newsreels add to the realism
27 October 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sean O'Casey, Ireland's greatest playwright, probably was lucky to have his work about the Irish rebellion made by John Ford. The former Sean O'Fearna had a brother in the IRA back in the day so he knew quite a bit about it.

I saw this year's ago and could kick myself for not getting a VHS copy of this when it was out. What I remember best was Ford's good use of newsreel footage edited into the story of the Clitheroe family and how the Easter Rebellion is affecting their lives in Dublin.

Preston Foster and Barbara Stanwyck make fine leads. Foster had just come off a good part in John Ford's more well known Irish work, The Informer. And Stanwyck was a good enough actress to cover up the somewhat phony brogue she adopted. That was not the only time she used the brogue. You can hear her as Molly Monahan in Cecil B. DeMille's Union Pacific which is readily available and broadcast often.

Sean O'Casey had a bigger world view than just Irish independence. Very much like that greatest of Irish patriots Daniel O'Connell. He wanted a just society to emerge as well. I think it has in the Republic. I think Mr. O'Casey would be at home in Dublin now. He might want to see the six counties reunited, but wouldn't want blood spilled to do it.

The other performance you will remember is Arthur Shields as Padriac Pearse. By the way Shields and brother Barry Fitzgerald were in real life Ulster Protestants.

Ford concentrated on the nationalist part of the struggle and while The Plough and the Stars might be a bit too much like a photographed stage play it's still good drama. More Ford than O'Casey though.

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