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The Rising of the Moon (1957)

Not Rated  |   |  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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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)
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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 ...
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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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A rarely screened Oirish classic! A humorous portrayal of an Ireland long past, but not forgotten.
22 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

1. `The Majesty of the Law' - Frank O'Connor & Frank S. Nugent.

This is the story of a proud Irish small-holder and his 'encounter' with the Law. It humorously portrays rural Irish people, the nature of village relationships, small-town disagreements, the people's attitude to the law and the officials' accommodation of those ways. Noel Purcell, as the small-farmer, and the other village people over-act in a typically stage-irish manner. ( `Is it yourself?' - `It is, to be sure.' and many, many other oirish lines that have become classics.) Cyril Cusack gives a much more subtle performance (one of his few!).

2. `A Minute's Wait' - Michael J. McHugh. Another funny story of rural Ireland has the Ballyscran to Dunfaill train at the station for its scheduled one minute stop. As the title suggests the story looks at the Irish attitude to time-keeping, and how in rural Ireland time could wait for man, . for prize goats, for Bishop's dinners, and most importantly, for a pint of porter (just the one, of course). A rare chance to see the great Jimmy O'Dea again - `Merciful hour!'

3. `1921' - Adapted from The Rising of the Moon by Lady Augusta Gregory. This is the more serious story of a young patriot who is to be hanged by the `Black and Tans' (a vicious paramilitary force which terrorised Ireland during the last years of British control). The story does show, and is true to, the different attitudes of the various factions at the time. The vicious Black and Tans, the more considerate British military, the double standards of the RIC Royal Irish Constables and collaborators, and the belligerence of the oppressed Irish people. While the acting is much more subtle than the previous short films, `1921' is let down by being poorly written and adapted. There are some great shots of 1950s Dublin, including the Liffy bridges and the Four Courts.


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