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Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)
Maurice Walsh (from the story by)
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Release Date:
14 September 1952 (USA) See more »
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Undetermined Secondary Role (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)
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
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
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)
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
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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Additional Details

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129 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | 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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15529) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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The last line of the wedding toast was censored by Republic Pictures. It should have said, "May their days be long and full of happiness. May their children be many and full of health. And may they live in peace and national freedom". After the film was completed, Republic Pictures decided "national freedom" in Ireland was too controversial a concept.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the men at the bar sing "Wild Colonial Boy" for the second time, it actually looks like they are singing a different song. There lips are totally out of sync with the audio/music.See more »
[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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Was Sean in on the conspiracy to get him married to Mary Kate?
What is 'The Quiet Man' about?
What does the "oge" mean in Michaleen Oge Flynn's name?
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57 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Archetypal John Ford comedy, as Irish as can be..., 13 November 2000

"The Quiet Man" is an Irish village version of "The Taming of the Shrew," the tamer being an ex-pugilist Sean Thornton (John Wayne) retired to the land of his fathers where he purchases "that little place across the brook, that humble cottage." But no sooner does he arrives on a soft spring morning than he falls in love with Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara).

Sean courts and weds her easily enough, but he has not worked out on the anger of her heavy and hard rich brother, the farmer Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen) who holds an envy against him for having bought the very property that separates his spread from that of the wealthiest widow in Innisfree Sarah Tillane (Mildred Natwick) whom Danaher strongly desires...

Danaher refuses to supply the traditional dowry, and Mary Kate accuses Sean for his apparent cowardice in not fighting for what is rightfully theirs...

The battle that follows (considered to be the longest recorded on screen) has Sean and his strong brother-in-law engaging in a climatic fight the townsfolk have long been anticipating with effervescent...

Maureen O'Hara is totally in her element as the fiery Irish girl whether as the bare-footed attractive woman looking after a number of sheep in the meadow, or as the troubled colleen trying to explain her problem to the devoted salmon-catching Catholic priest (War Bond) or as the proud beauty whom Wayne lets fall at her brother's feet... Maureen would play Wayne's love interest in four more features ("Rio Grande," "The Wings of Eagle," "McLintock," and "Big Jake"). Their screen relationship emphasized the strength of their chemistry...

Barry Fitzerald is simply superb as Michaeleen Flynn, the village matchmaker and cart-driver who can't seem to tell anyone something without winning a black beer from them first...

With an exciting Innisfree Races along the beach, a titanic fight from the farm, across the hillside, through a haystack and into a stream, and with emerald environments and great music, John Ford's romantic comedy is a marvelous entertaining film, painted beautifully, simply told with love and humor...

With 7 Academy Award Nominations, the film earns Ford his 4th and last Oscar for Best Director establishing a record which is still unbeaten and won another Oscar for the outstanding Technicolor for Best Cinematography...

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