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The Rising of the Moon (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 August 1957 (USA)
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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Himself - Host
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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 ...
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)
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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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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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The cottage in the first segment appears to be the same one owned by John Wayne's character in "The Quiet Man." See more »

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

Soundtracks

She Is Far from the Land
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Lambert
Arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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Irish heartbeat
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

.A movie made of sketches.which is pretty rare in the English/Irish films,except for the horror flicks ,and in Ford's filmography;French (Duvivier) and Italians (Risi) are more familiar to that kind of stuff.

Ford's film has one great quality:his shorts become better and better.

I must confess I found the first segment pretty boring:unlike the two others ,it does not have an "universal" appeal .It is very talky and only the splendid Irish landscapes (it was filmed on location,Tyrone Power told us so in his presentation of the film)redeem it a little.

Things go much better with the second segment:one minute's wait in a tiny railway station which actually will last a very looong time.Several miniplots intermix (a mature couple going to a wedding ,a ghost story ,marriageable son and daughter ,a hockey team whose bus has broken down,a she-goat,lobsters ,and more ) and the very last picture is worthy of a Tex Avery cartoon. "The quiet man" in miniature.

Ford saved the best for the last:mainly during the first half ,he has a very fine way to blend tragedy (an Irish rebel will be hanged by the English ) and comedy (those nuns are wearing high heels!).A positive "remake" of "the informer" this segment is witty,sometimes hilarious,and even suspenseful.It ends of course with the traditional song "rising of the moon" a policeman used to sing although he found it a bit subversive.

This movie is to Ford what the album "Irish Heartbeat " is to singer Van Morrison :a work of love for his homeland.


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