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The Plough and the Stars (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 26 December 1936 (USA)
A husband clashes with his wife over his membership to the Irish citizen army.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Sean O'Casey (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Nora Clitheroe
Preston Foster ... Jack Clitheroe
Barry Fitzgerald ... Fluther
Denis O'Dea ... The Covey
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Bessie Burgess
F.J. McCormick F.J. McCormick ... Brennan
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Gogan
Arthur Shields ... Irish Leader
Moroni Olsen ... Irish Leader
J.M. Kerrigan ... Uncle Peter
Bonita Granville ... Mollser
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Rosie
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Langon
Robert Homans ... Barman
Brandon Hurst ... Sergeant Tinley
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A husband clashes with his wife over his membership to the Irish citizen army.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The design of the banner is a yellow plough with a sword for a coulter outlined in black with seven silver stars outlined in black. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The spring of 1916 found a divided Ireland, torn by conflicting Loyalties. Thousands of her sons were at the front fighting the cause of England in the World War. Other thousands remained home planning another fight---a fight, under the flag of the Plough and the Stars, to free their country so that Ireland could take its place among the nations of the world.

DUBLIN - IRELAND See more »

Connections

Version of De ploeg en de sterren (1975) See more »

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Ford's Passion Project Ruined By Bad Casting, Lack of Focus
3 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sean O'Casey's drama of the Easter Rising doesn't survive its transformation to the screen. Director John Ford was reputed to be so angry over front office interference on his passion project that he walked off and never returned.

While Joe August's lighting and the serio-comic performance of Barry Fitgerald are wonders to behold - he edged basically the same character a little more to the clown for The Quiet Man - something has gone desperately wrong with the movement between the interior scenes, where the play takes place and the exterior, where it's opened up. Given that Ford was working with his pet screenwriter Dudley Nichols, and a couple of titles explain what is going on, it looks like butchery to me. I'd guess the studio heads were concerned about losing the British market. As if they had ever expected this to play big in Blighty.

Barbara Stanwyck is also a problem here. While visually she is perfect, she can't sling the lingo, and her occasional attempts to do an Irish accent are pathetic. It's particularly awkward when the scene shifts from her to the Abbey Players.


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