Movie Review: The Quiet Man

Director: John Ford
Writer: Frank S. Nugent, John Ford (uncredited), Maurice Walsh
Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLagen, Mildred Natwick

Plot: Sean Thornton ( John Wayne) has come from America to Inisfree Ireland the little village where he was born. There he sees a beautiful red haired woman walking in the field, it is Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara) and sparks fly between the two.

Later as Sean Thornton meets with the Widow Sarah Tillane (Mildred Natwick) about purchasing White-O-Morn the cottage and land that belonged to his parents that he meets “Red” Will Danaher (Victor McLagen) the brother of Mary Kate. Danaher is determined that Thorton will not buy the land but Thorton out bids him. This infuriates Danaher and when Sean come courting Mary Kate “Red” Will refuses to let Mary Kate do so. Because it is the tradition in Ireland Sean can not see Mary Kate.

Because this can’t go on some of the members of the village, the match maker (Barry Fitzgerald), and the priest (Ward Bond) conspire together and convince “Red” Will to let his sister court Sean and marry him. But at the wedding “Red” Will finds out the deception and refuses to give Mary Kate her dowry. This causes a problems foe Sean and Mary Kate, Sean cares nothing for the customs but to Mary Kate they are the only way to live. This builds until Sean throws Mary Kate at “Red” Will and demands that he take her back. Then a donnybrook ensues.

This is a great movie, I try to watch this at least once a year and not just in the month of March. And while there are other great films featuring Ireland out there this remains my favorite. Four stars