Movie Monday

You may have love or hate feelings about this movie. “The Quiet Man” 1952, directed by John Ford, who used John Wayne in many movies–many I grew up loving. It has the dearest love scenes of any movie I’ve ever seen. It also has fights, comedy and music. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara made a few movies together, and were probably my favorite actors in my childhood.

After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne) leaves America and returns to his native Ireland, hoping buy his family’s homestead and live in peace. In doing so, he runs afoul of Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen), who long coveted the property. Spitefully, Will objects when his fiery sister, Mary Kate (Maureen O’Hara), begins a romance with Sean, and refuses to hand over her dowry. Mary Kate refuses to consummate the marriage until Sean retrieves the money. Featured song: Isle of Innisfree

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