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Director:
Writers:
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)
Maurice Walsh (from the story by)
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Release Date:
14 September 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !
Plot:
A retired American boxer returns to the village where he was born in Ireland, where he finds love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sean Thornton, Meet Mary Kate Danaher See more (198 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Sean Thornton

Maureen O'Hara ... Mary Kate Danaher

Barry Fitzgerald ... Michaleen Oge Flynn

Ward Bond ... Father Peter Lonergan

Victor McLaglen ... Squire 'Red' Will Danaher

Mildred Natwick ... The Widow Sarah Tillane
Francis Ford ... Dan Tobin
Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
May Craig ... Fishwoman with Basket at Station
Arthur Shields ... Reverend Cyril Playfair
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Hugh Forbes (as CHARLES fitzSIMONS)
James O'Hara ... Father Paul (as James Lilburn)
Sean McClory ... Owen Glynn (as Sean McGlory)

Jack MacGowran ... Ignatius Feeney (as Jack McGowran)
Joseph O'Dea ... Molouney - Train Guard
Eric Gorman ... Costello - Engine Driver
Kevin Lawless ... Train Fireman
Paddy O'Donnell ... Railway Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Tony Canzoneri ... Boxing Second (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Mother (uncredited)
Maureen Coyne ... Dan Tobin's Daughter - Ireland (uncredited)

Ken Curtis ... Dermot Fahy (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Dan Tobin's Daughter - USA (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Ring Physician (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Danaher Brother (uncredited)
Robert Foy ... Driver of Cart Across River (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... General (uncredited)
D.R.O. Hatswell ... Guppy (uncredited)
John Horan ... Man at Railway Station (uncredited)
David Hughes ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... Bugler (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Nell - Maid (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Pub Extra (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Father Paul's Mother (uncredited)
Jim McVeigh ... Man Following Cart Across River (uncredited)
Jim Morrin ... Roof Thatcher (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Boxing Referee (uncredited)
Michael O'Brian ... Musha Musha Man (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Web Overlander ... Hugh Bailey - Stationmaster (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Trooper Thorn's Ringside Trainer (uncredited)
Darla Ridgeway ... Girl (uncredited)
Freddy Ridgeway ... Boy (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Tony Gardello - Boxer (uncredited)
Philip Stainton ... Anglican Bishop (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Police Sergeant Hanan (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Pat Cohan - Publican (uncredited)
Melinda Wayne ... Girl on Wagon at Horse Race (uncredited)

Michael Wayne ... Teenage Boy at Races (uncredited)

Patrick Wayne ... Boy on Wagon at Horse Race (uncredited)

Toni Wayne ... Teenage Girl at Races (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)

Maurice Walsh (from the story by)

John Ford  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
 
Art Direction by
Frank Hotaling 
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations)
Charles S. Thompson (set decorations) (as Charles Thompson)
 
Makeup Department
James R. Barker .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bob Mark .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup artist: John Wayne (uncredited)
Fay Smith .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lee Lukather .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Ford .... second unit director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Albert Podlansky .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Wayne .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Francis Frank .... drapery (uncredited)
F.B. Gibbs .... construction (uncredited)
Dudley Holmes .... props (uncredited)
Clément Hurel .... poster artist (uncredited)
Gordon Lantz .... construction (uncredited)
Ralph Oberg .... art department (uncredited)
Lou Shields .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound (as T. A. Carman)
Howard Wilson .... sound
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... sound (uncredited)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (uncredited)
W.O. Watson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joe Fair .... riding double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Patrick Ford .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Post Park .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie Stout .... second unit photography
Ray Bensfield .... best boy (uncredited)
Ben Bishop .... first grip (uncredited)
Roman Freulich .... still photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Graham .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Guerin .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Harrison .... second grip (uncredited)
Ben Moran .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Stafford .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bud Thackery .... process photographer (uncredited)
Bill Wade .... camera department (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... costumes
Neva Bourne .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Robert Ramsey .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ted Towey .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Barbara Ford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Al Horowitz .... editorial (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
R. Dale Butts .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerry Roberts .... musical director (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Fred Manning .... transportation (uncredited)
Slim Metcalfe .... transportation (uncredited)
Frenchie Valin .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francis Cugat .... Technicolor color consultant
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter
D.J. Bloomberg .... chief engineer (uncredited)
J.T. Bourke .... location manager (uncredited)
W.B. Eason .... morning operations (uncredited)
Mort Goodman .... publicist (uncredited)
N.E. Gourson .... studio physician (uncredited)
D.R.O. Hatswell .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Martin Horwitz .... stock room (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Pete Matsk .... labour department (uncredited)
E. Schroeder .... film library (uncredited)
Father Stack .... technical advisor: religion (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Hal Swanson .... projectionist (uncredited)
Fred Vinson .... studio first aid (uncredited)
Harry Williams .... accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
129 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) (1954) | Norway:A (1954) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #15529) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The white haired frail Dan Tobin, who gets up from his death bed and runs to see the fight is John Ford's older brother, Francis Ford. Francis was a silent film actor and director in his own right, who died two years after the film was made.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Towards the end of the movie when all the town folk are along the road waving at the car passing by, the car twice passes by the "IRA" member. He can be seen standing on the side of the road in his bright blue shirt.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rakes of MallowSee more »

FAQ

Why does Sean howl and toss a rock through the window when he first enters his cottage?
Why does the crowd keep splashing water on Sean and Will during the fight?
How does the movie end?
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74 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
Sean Thornton, Meet Mary Kate Danaher, 28 January 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

The lush and beautiful countryside of Ireland provides the setting for this engaging tale of an Irishman, raised in America, going back home to escape a past he'd just as soon forget. In `The Quiet Man,' director John Ford returns to his own roots, going on location to tell the story of Sean Thornton (John Wayne), a man troubled by an incident that changed his life, and now doing what he can to forget about it and just move on. And toward that end, Sean travels to the place he knows so well from the stories told him by his mother, to Innisfree, intending to buy the cottage in which he was born, White O'Morn, where he can make a fresh start and build a new life for himself. There's a problem, however; the land and the cottage is owned by the widow Sarah Tillane (Mildred Natwick), and borders the estate of one Red Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen), who not only fancies the widow herself, but wants to buy her land. Squire Danaher (as he's known) is not the only one Sean must deal with, though, as other matters arise upon his arrival in the small hamlet of his birth. And her name is Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara)-- who just happens to be Squire Danaher's sister. But Danaher or no, it makes no difference to Sean, who as soon as he lays eyes on Mary Kate determines to make her his wife.

Sean soon learns that in Ireland, however, such things are pursued quite differently than in America. To win the hand of Mary Kate he must employ the services of Michaleen Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald) a kind of matchmaker/chaperone/marriage broker, who will help him secure the consent of Squire Danaher, without which the marriage cannot and will not take place. So Sean has no choice but to acquiesce to the local traditions and customs, and Michaleen forthwith commences the appropriate overtures. In the meantime, he awaits the decision of the widow Tillane as to the purchase of White O'Morn, which he is determined to have at any cost.

John Ford directed more than 140 motion pictures, going back to the days of silent films, and his favorite star, with whom he worked in at least a dozen of his feature films, was John Wayne. And when you think of the John Ford/John Wayne collaborations, it's the Western that instantly comes to mind: `Stagecoach,' `She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,' `Fort Apache,' `Rio Grande' or `The Searchers,' (to name a few). Yet, `The Quiet Man' is perhaps their most memorable effort, and remains a favorite among fans to this day. Ford (who received an Oscar for Best Director for it) presents the story on a very personal level, and in Sean and Mary Kate gives the audience characters to whom they can relate; and it's that personal connection he affords the viewer that may suggest the main reason behind this particular film's popularity. That, plus the fact that at the core of this story there is an honesty and genuine sincerity that rings so true-to-life. Ford also successfully captures the essence of all that is good and positive about Ireland, from the richness of all of his characters to the lavish cinematography that brings the country so vividly to life. It's quite simply a wonderful, uplifting film, impeccably crafted and delivered by Ford and his superb cast.

Too often, John Wayne's work gets a bad rap; no matter what role he takes on, you're liable to hear `John Wayne is always John Wayne, the only difference is the character's name.' And, as he proves with his portrayal of Sean Thornton, it's not only a false statement, it's so unfair to an actor who brought so much to so many, in his craft as well as in his personal life. The Oscar he finally received for 1969's `True Grit' was way overdue, especially when you consider his performances in such films as `The Searchers,' `Red River' and, of course, this one. Is he the best actor of all time? Of course not; but he is good at what he does, much better than he is usually given credit for. And he (and his films) can always-- always-- be counted on to provide good, solid entertainment. Together, he and Ford have provided some of the most memorable moments in the history of the movies, and his pairing with Maureen O'Hara was a stroke of genius. There's real chemistry between them, which enables them to play so well off of one another. They made five films together between 1950 (`Rio Grande') and 1971 (`Big Jake'), and there is always that spark of magic between them, but never better than in this film.

A gifted actor, Maureen O'Hara is also, without question, one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen. It's easy to understand how Sean Thornton can fall instantly in love with her when he first sees her walking through the fields of Innisfree. It's entirely believable. And when you get to know the woman behind the beauty-- who Mary Kate is down deep-- it's even more understandable. Perfectly cast, O'Hara, like Ford, returned to her roots to make this film (she was born in Milltown, Ireland, near Dublin), and apparently it agreed with her, because her performance is nothing less than natural and inspired. Mary Kate Danaher, in fact, is arguably one of her-- if not `the'-- most memorable roles of her career.

The supporting cast, topped by Fitzgerald (who is absolutely unforgettable as Michaleen) also includes Ward Bond (Father Lonergan), Francis Ford (Dan Tobin), Arthur Shields (Reverend Playfair) and Jack MacGowran (Feeney). A delightful and endearing motion picture, `The Quiet Man' is, of all of John Ford's achievements, one of his best. And Sean, Mary Kate, Michaleen and all the people of Innisfree are ones you'll remember and want to visit again. It's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 10/10.

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