Sunday, May 22, 2011
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the sweet and entertaining The Quiet Man (1952)
While I am working on my top 10 list of favorite John Wayne films, since he is my classic movie actor of the month, I decided to write a little something about one of his best films, The Quiet Man. Directed by John Ford and pairing him with his frequent and best co-star, Maureen O'Hara is a treat to watch. Wayne is boxer Sean Thornton who returns home to Ireland to reclaim his land and promptly falls for Mary Kate Danaher (O'Hara) a feisty and beautiful maiden. She also happens to be the sister to one "Red" Will Danaher (played with gusto by Victor McLaglen). Sean and Will take an immediately dislike to one another which will set up the rousing fight of the century that spreads across the countryside. It is one of the most engaging and thrilling fist fight scenes you will ever see. The performances are all top notch and the cinematography is gorgeous. The Quiet Man is one of the best films ever made. Co-starring Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Mildred Natwick. And isn't Maureen O'Hara just about the loveliest woman ever?