The Rising of the Moon (1957)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Noel Purcell ...
Dan O'Flaherty (1st Episode)
Inspector Michael Dillon (1st Episode)
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 ...
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)


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 <>

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Actually filmed in the Emerald Isle!


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10 August 1957 (USA)  »

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Ao Cair da Noite  »

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1.85 : 1
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I wonder what Irish folks think about this one...I'd love to know.
2 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Rising of the Moon" is a collection of three stories set in Ireland. It's directed by John Ford and each segment is introduced by Tyrone Power.

As I watched this film, I wondered if it was based on truth or just on stereotypes American folks back in 1957 EXPECTED about the Irish. In the film, the Irish are often shown as very heavy drinkers who love a good fight. This makes me wonder what Irish folks (REAL Irish folks, not Americans who claim Irish ancestry) think of such portrayals. Is this generally true or is it all a load of blarney? I'd really love to know--and would appreciate feedback from the Irish IMDb users.

"The Majesty of the Law" is about a police constable and his relationship with the locals. Although his job is to uphold the law, this guy hangs around with the locals and drinks homemade liquor and he has little interest in apprehending a local guy who loves to smack his enemies when he gets mad. Again, as I mentioned above, the theme is drinking and fighting.

"One Minute's Wait" is set at a train station. The train stops off for one minute--so EVERYONE can rush to the bar to drink. Oddly, the one minute wait turns out to be about 20 minutes (more or less). Oddly, during this segment, no one gets in a fight--though they are sure come close and a lady slaps her lover! There really isn't a lot of plot to this one--just lots of Irish folks chatting, drinking and the like.

"1921" oddly features no drinking. It's about a man who is a condemned Irish nationalist and his escape from British hands. It's based on the play "The Rising of the Moon" and seems to rely on a tenuous plot element--that the British guards are all complete idiots. Interesting, however, and probably the best of the three vignettes.

All in all, the stories are the sort of things that many Irish-Americans might love and have misty-eyed nostalgia about the Old Country. Me, I have no Irish blood and the film was only mildly best. As for me, give me John Ford's "The Quiet Man" instead instead of some weak and HIGHLY stereotypical shorts. So stereotypical that it makes me want to get drunk and start hitting people!

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