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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+
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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