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The Rising of the Moon (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 August 1957 (USA)
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 »


John Ford


Frank O'Connor (story "The Majesty of the Law"), Michael J. McHugh (story "A Minute's Wait") | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Self - Host
Noel Purcell ... Dan O'Flaherty (1st Episode)
Cyril Cusack ... Inspector Michael Dillon (1st Episode)
Jack MacGowran ... Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
Jimmy O'Dea ... Paddy Morrisey - porter (2nd Episode)
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Andrew Rourke - Station Master (2nd Episode)
Paul Farrell Paul Farrell ... Jim O'Brien - 2nd Episode
Kevin Casey Kevin Casey ... Fireman McTigue - 2nd Episode
Maureen Potter Maureen Potter ... Pegeen Mallory - barmaid (2nd Episode)
May Craig May Craig ... Mrs. Folsey - 2nd Episode
Michael Trubshawe ... Colonel Charles Frobisher (2nd Episode)
Maureen Connell ... May Ann McMahon (2nd Episode)
Michael O'Duffy Michael O'Duffy ... Mahon - The Singer - 2nd Episode
Denis O'Dea ... Police Sergeant Tom O'Hara (3rd Episode)
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. O'Hara - Police Sergeant's Wife (3rd Episode)


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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Actually filmed in the Emerald Isle!


Comedy | Drama


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Ireland, 100 years ago
4 February 2020 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Rising of the Moon (1957), directed by John Ford, is actually three short films about Ireland.

The first is "The Majesty of the Law," from a story by Frank O'Connor. O'Connor was an outstanding author, and the story itslef is worth reading. Ford keeps O'Connor's concept, but adds many embellishments. I wasn't impressed by these additions, but I was impressed by Ford's direction, which was outstanding in all three segments.

The second story, "A Minute's Wait," is by a less-known Irish writer, Michael J. McHugh. It's a fairly repetitious piece about a train that, for many reasons, never quite leaves the small station where it has stopped. It's the comic relief film. An English colonel and his wife are on the train, and they are presented as perfect stereotypes. At one point a sports team arrives, with great fanfare. The colonel tells his wife that it's probably the local cricket team. Of course, it's actually a victorious team that competes in the Irish sport of hurling. One reason not to fast-forward is to listen to the most bizarrely worded marriage proposal that you'll ever hear.

The third segment is adapted from Lady Augusta Gregory's play, "The Rising of the Moon." Lady Gregory was an English aristocrat who lived in Ireland, and adopted the Irish revolutionary cause as her own. She was the founder of he famous Abbey Theatre, which still exists today.

This segment has two serious plots. One is obvious--an Irish revolutionary is about to be executed. The other is less obvious but, in my opinion, it's the more important plot. It involves an Irish Constabulary sergeant and his wife. We see them first at the very beginning of the story, and again at the very end.

We saw this movie on the small screen, where it worked well. It's uneven, and not a masterpiece, but it's worth seeing. It has an anemic IMDb rating of 6.8. I think it's much better than that.

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