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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:
An Exile dreams of Inishfree 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:
Barry Fitzgerald, who plays the character of the Roman Catholic Michaleen Oge Flynn, and Arthur Shields, who played the Protestant vicar Cyril 'Snuffy' Playfair, were brothers in real life. They also appeared together in director John Ford's The Long Voyage Home (1940). They were both Protestants born in Dublin, Ireland. Shields was the family name. The Oscar-winner Fitzgerald, who was nearly eight years older than his brother, was born William Joseph Shields.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: After Sean and Red's first confrontation in the pub, the publican is pulling a round of drinks for everyone, it can be seen that he is taking full pints from a line and pretending to fill them. In Ireland it is customary to have a row of drinks, such as Guniness, ready to be topped up as it is best served once it has settled.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:
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What was the "black beer" that Sean ordered in the pub?
How does the movie end?
Any recommendations for other movies set in small Irish villages?
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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
An Exile dreams of Inishfree, 24 November 2000
Author: PeterJordan from Mayo, Ireland

It's not only the fact that I'm actually from County Mayo in Ireland where most of the outdoor scenes from The Quiet Man were filmed in the summer of 1951, that makes it my favorite movie of all time. This film has damn near everything for everyone in it without being offensive to anyone (Though the occasional hypersensitive Irish person or Feminist or "Yank" might take unfounded offense at the various pokes of fun that are made at various traditions!)

For the romantics this has romance in abundance and probabaly some of the most famously erotic (and much copied - A further indication of how hight in esteem this movie is held) scenes ever put on celluoid (without ever more that an absolute minimum of bare flesh being exposed to satify the puritans). Steven Spielburg most famously gives the cottage kissing scene the nod in "ET" and it was said of the "Wet shirt" Graveyard kissing scene in the rain that, during the many takes it took to get it in the can, Director John Ford only got John Wayne to do everything he wanted to do to Maureen O'Hara himself.

For the action brigade it has probabaly the longest and one of the most enthralling fight scenes of any movie.

For the comics the entire film is laced with Irishisms and good humor and wild banter and loads of "craic"

For the weepies it has tragedy and death and a haunting from the past.

And for the pure sentimental including myself the film has my beautiful country lavishly and lovingly displayed in glorious technicholor compliments of Winston C Hoch amnd Archie Stout which deservedly won it an Oscar for cinematography.

And it has all this and more...

If one cares to delve deeper it touches on themes of Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew) and the best traditions of Irish literature (JM Synge and WB Yeats).

Testament to it's greatness are the many books and documentries that have been created about it in it's wake (Try Des McHales "The Complete Guide to the Quiet Man" or Gerry McEntees' "In the footsteps of the Quiet Man" for starters!) along with the many tourist that still visit Cong, County Mayo in search of their own dream Inishfree.

I've lost count how many times I've seen this movie both in Ireland and in Exile both here in the US and in England, but suffice to say that at this stage I can now quote liberally from such classic lines as Feeney's: "Silence if you please, Parlimentary procedure, Squire Danagher has the floor" or Micheleen Og Flynn's "Homeric, impetious" upon viewing the marriage bed of Sean and Mary Kate and coming to his own conclusions on the events that may have occured in it.

After owning a variety of VHS (both Pal and US versions) of the movie I've finally purchaced the DVD also which allows one (If one so wishes) to watch every frame of the movie digitally remastered - If you are a fanatic like me or Quiet Maniacs as we are sometimes known this allows you to catch a glimpse of such things as a fly landing on Maureen O'Hara cheek during one shot or (In a daring unintentionally risque scene for the 1950's) her momentarially exposing her underwear whilst jumping over a trunk.

If you haven't seen this movie (and I'm increasing surprised how many of the younger Blockbuster New Release weaned movie viewers haven't) get yerself down to yer local video store now and look in the Classic Shelves for one of those classics that is sure to be there alongside Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind and Casablanca and rent it out for a great nights entertainment. Better still go and buy a copy 'cos once you've viewed it once like me you'll most likely be hooked and will want to watch it again and again (Even sometimes late at night, round Christmastime, sipping a hot Irish whiskey!)

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