Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, 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. Written by
Steve Fenwick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !
Did You Know?
According to John Ford
, studio head Herbert J. Yates
disliked the title and wanted the film called "The Prizefighter and the Colleen." Ford disagreed because he was afraid that would give the plot away. Obviously Ford and his point prevailed. See more
During the matchmaking scene indoors, rain is visible through the window behind Mary Kate. When the shot switches to Michaleen Oge Flynn, no rain is falling outside the window behind him. See more
Father Peter Lonergan, Narrator
Well, then. Now. I'll begin at the beginnin'. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn't have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin' rod.
Spoofed in Any Which Way You Can
The Wild Colonial Boy
Adapted by Sean O'Casey
and Dennis O'Casey
Performed by John Wayne
, Ken Curtis
, and Francis Ford
and others in the Pub
Reprised a cappella by Wayne and Victor McLaglen See more