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Ireland 1587. Hugh O'Donnell inherits the title of The O'Donnell, the prince of Donegal, and tries to unite Ireland to make war on England. But then Hugh is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Viceroy of Ireland and held ransom for the Clans' good behavior. Hugh must escape prison and the Viceroy's villainous henchman, Captain Leeds, before he can fight. Written by
The song "O'Donnell Aboo," which is sung at the film's conclusion was not written until the 1840s and refers to events in the Nine Year's War, which took place from 1593 to 1602. The film begins in 1587, prior to the conflict. See more »
The Queen does not bluff. She's a politician, yes, but she's a realist. She'd hang her grandmother if she was a threat to the crown.
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If not as good as the films that Walt Disney put out in the Fifties with Richard Todd, The Fighting Prince Of Donegal is a return to that swashbuckling era of Disney live action films. Peter McEnery in the second of two films he made for Walt Disney Studios is a dashing head of the O'Donnell clan of Donegal. McEnery is Hugh O'Donnell succeeding his father, also Hugh O'Donnell. And the Irish being a people attached to mystical prophecy have it on record that when a Hugh succeeds a Hugh its time to rise and kick the English out.
McEnery had previously done The Moonspinners for Disney with Hayley Mills as his co-star. But Hayley had grown up and left the Magic Kingdom and in a role I'm sure that was meant for Mills, Susan Hampshire steps in as the daughter of Andrew Keir head of the McSweeney clan.
The Fighting Prince Of Donegal is based on a true story that was not hardly the lighthearted romp that McEnery and his mates seem to have chastising the English occupiers. Another reviewer covered the real story quite nicely. I will say that a true telling of the tale would hardly have been good for the audience that Disney films were trying to reach.
Still The Fighting Prince Of Donegal holds up quite well though adult audiences might find it a bit hard to take. Save it for the juvenile trade.
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