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Leonald Maltin narrates this 28 minute retrospective on the classic
movie, with can be found as an extra on the Collector's Edition DVD of
"the Quiet Man. It combines old publicity stills, vintage archive
interview footage, clips of various John Ford movies, as well as new
interviews (well new to 1992) with John Wayne's son and daughter (both
who have since passed on themselves) This documentary, apart from the
interviews is a bit on the dry side and as such doesn't really warrant
repeat viewings, even for HUGE fans of the "the Quit Man", of which I
My Grade: D+
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
. . . were starved or snuffed out by THE QUIET MAN's UNHOLY THREE trio, made up of director John Ford, star John Wayne, and QUIET MAN's narrator, Ward Bond. THE QUIET MAN itself is no exception to this scorched earth policy. This movie is based upon a story penned by Maurice Walsh for his THE GREEN RUSHES short story collection, we're informed here by THE MAKING OF THE QUIET MAN. Ford, being from Ireland, wanted to buy this plot for one of his future cinematic outings, because no events so original had ever crossed the imagination of Sean O'Feeney (as John Ford was called, before he renamed himself after the infamous American Racist Big Shot who popularized automobiles, ironically a fellow Wolverine to the crackpot that Ford's biggest star--Marion Mitchell Morrison--renamed himself after, General "Mad" A. Wayne, or Duke-the-family-mutt Wayne). But since both Ford and Wayne hated anyone who could put pen to paper, favoring an illiterate America, neither was willing to make any writer's life comfortable. So how much do you suspect Ford paid Mr. Walsh for the QUIET MAN story? This MAKING OF reveals it was an insulting grand sum of ten bucks--enough to buy one beer at the stadium, or maybe a bottle of over-the-counter pain-killers!
It IS worth watching, just to find all the family relationships and the
John Ford company regulars who pop up in unexpected places.
But Leonard Malton must have taken all his information from John Ford's version,which is not necessarily accurate. (Maureen O'Hara stated it best in her memoirs: "John Ford was a liar. If someone said there had been a lot of rain in Ireland, he would say it had been sunny. If someone said it had been sunny, he would say that it rained all the time.")
It is interesting to hear about the challenges it took to make the "Irish picture", as many studios referred to it.
The interviews with John Wayne's children are also very insightful to the set life, and to the importance of John Ford in their and their father's lives.
However, the story could have been a bit more insightful, rather that the general information that is rather well known. (For example, what EXACTLY was Maureen O'Hara mad at John Wayne about when she was supposed to slap his face, but slapped his hand and fractured her own fingers?!)
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