ACTION… EXCITEMENT… ROMANCE… FILL THE SCREEN!
In the 1920s, Sean Thornton (John Wayne) arrives in Ireland where he reclaims his family’s farm, starts a feud with a local landowner and falls in love with his sister (Maureen O’Hara). John Ford won his fourth and last directing Oscar for another collaboration with Wayne, but not a Western. This film presents an idealized, charming, almost ridiculously colorful portrait of Irish life, with drinking, singing, brawling and green meadows. The concluding, hugely entertaining free-for-all feels like a logical consequence of everything that precedes it. The cinematography shows the landscape from its most beautiful and dramatic sides; attractive stars are aided by a motley gang of Irish talents.
1952-U.S. 129 min. Color. Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford. Directed by John Ford. Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent. Short Story: Maurice Walsh. Cinematography: Winton Hoch, Archie Stout. Music: Victor Young. Cast: John Wayne (Sean Thornton), Maureen O’Hara (Mary Kate Donahar), Barry Fitzgerald (Michaeleen Oge Flynn), Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, Arthur Shields… Ward Bond.
Oscars: Best Director, Cinematography.
Last word: “We look like a real couple, Duke and I, don’t we? John Ford gave both of us the confidence to do our best. But he was living out his fantasy of life through Duke and me. He was Sean [Wayne’s character] and I was his ideal woman.” (O’Hara, The Telegraph)