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The Rising of the Moon (1957)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  10 August 1957 (USA)
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Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault... See full summary »

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Dan O'Flaherty (1st Episode)
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Inspector Michael Dillon (1st Episode)
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Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
Jimmy O'Dea ...
Paddy Morrisey - porter (2nd Episode)
Tony Quinn ...
Andrew Rourke - Station Master (2nd Episode)
Paul Farrell ...
Jim O'Brien - 2nd Episode
Kevin Casey ...
Fireman McTigue - 2nd Episode
Maureen Potter ...
Pegeen Mallory - barmaid (2nd Episode)
May Craig ...
Mrs. Folsey - 2nd Episode
Michael Trubshawe ...
Colonel Charles Frobisher (2nd Episode)
Maureen Connell ...
May Ann McMahon (2nd Episode)
Michael O'Duffy ...
Mahon - The Singer - 2nd Episode
Denis O'Dea ...
Police Sergeant Tom O'Hara (3rd Episode)
Eileen Crowe ...
Mrs. O'Hara - Police Sergeant's Wife (3rd Episode)
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Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault. The man's principles have the policeman and the whole village, including the man he slugged, sympathizing with him. "One Minute's Wait" is about an little train station and glimpses into the lives of the passengers, with a series of comic setups. The third piece is called "1921" and is about a condemned Irish nationalist and his daring escape. Tyrone Power introduces each story. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@kiva.net>

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First cinema film of Donal Donnelly. See more »

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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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Amusing but not great
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are three stories in this collection which presents images from Irish life heavily geared towards the Oirish Market in the US.

Some of it is a little partial and disturbing. The third vignette has a misplaced and somewhat bizarre bias in favor of the genocidal IRA which was engaged in a vicious bout of ethnic cleansing in the 1920s dressed up as a war by it's supporters a motley collection of romantic oirish nationalists and psychopaths. The sympathy of the movie lies with them although it does seem to have a soft spot for the men of the Irish Police (mostly Irish Catholics) who in reality were often brutally murdered by what was the Al Qaeda of the 1920's.

The Black and Tans (in fact a heroic force which enabled civilized life to continue at the time) are incredibly painted as the villains of the story which complete with a plucky young American Heroine.

A rather odd film then, charming in parts "to be sure" but with a disturbing undercurrent.


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