A lot of you who claim to be my friends by now know what a John Wayne fan I am. I own a lot of his movies the memorabilia and a lot of other random stuff that I stated to collect when I was younger. When I was 5 or 6 years old I got introduced to my first John Wayne movie, maybe even younger. The move was not a western, or a war movie. I believe it is classified as a romantic comedy, had to picture the Duke in that type of role right? Well believe it or not it did happen.
The movie was called ” The Quiet Man”. It was released in September 14, 1952 over 30 years and 4 days before I was born. It starred John Wayne in the title role, of Sean Thorton. He is an American who returns home to Ireland, where he grew up. He moved back home to forget about the trouble that he had. While he is there he falls in love with Maureen O’ Hara, as Mary Kate Danaher. A local red head with a fiery personalty that he likes. But he is not used to the customs or the traditions of the old world.When he first arrives, he buys the land back that was his family land from back in the way old days.
One of the first struggles that he has is buying the land that was his family plot. The person that objects is Victor McLaglen as Red Will Danaher. Mary Kate’s brother. From the very moment he meets Sean, they do not get along at all. So why would he change his mind to like him? Enter the village matchmaker, played by Berry Fitzgerlad, he is a fellow who would get along well with anyone, he is also the town bookie as we later find out who tries to make peace between the characters, with his evil wicked ways. Eventually Sean and Mary Kate do end up together, but even then there dating and marriage is a wild ride.
There comes a point when Sean has to face his past and stand up for his beliefs, and do the one thing he wanted to forget and fight Will. Mary Kate is unsure as to why her husband will not fight her brother. During the reception scene, we have a flash back as to why Sean will not fight again. In America as we also find out in another scene he was a boxer. In a fight he punched someone so hard that he killed them. And that is why he will not fight, and that is why he returned to Ireland. But sadly he does end up fighting. His wife thinks he is weak because he wont stand up and fight, so he has to make the hard choice.
Now at this point I could tell you how the movie turns out, and who wins but I won’t. John Ford was at his best for direction of the film since that is where his family routes are being Irish. It has that feel to it, like “welcome home you have been missed”. If you have never seen a John Wayne movie, or nothing other than his westerns, check it out. It is surprising to me, how many people like John Wayne after seeing this movie. Or see that he is a good actor. The chemistry is simply magic, almost like Bogart and Bergman, or Tracy and Hepburn. Check this movie out, and share your own thoughts; would love to hear your stories. Or if you have seen it share also. Until next time, happy reading and movie watching.