The Quiet Man' DVD, John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara (1952), New & Sealed
Sean Thornton (John Wayne) comes back to Ireland where his family lived, buys a nice Irish cottage and instantly falls in love with Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara). Her brother also wanted to buy the land that Thornton now owns so he is not very fond of him. According to Irish tradition the brother must allow his sister to marry the man and at first, of course, he does not approve of Thornton when he proposes. Certain reasons change the brother's mind, but only if everything is done according to Irish tradition. Thornton and Mary Kate are not allowed to do much together, especially when it involves touching, and this creates a lot of pretty funny moments. After they finally got married things are not as happy as they thought it would be. Thornton also got a secret which is a little the reason the marriage is not working well. What I am talking about you have to see for yourself.
Although I wouldn't call 'The Quiet Man' a great classic I must say it has some great moments. Unfortunately it also has the usual corny moments that you can expect in a movie like this. Because a romantic scene is even more romantic when it is raining it must be raining, because Wayne is the hero he must be heroic at a certain point, because this is made for mainstream audiences everyone is happy in the end. A little too happy I guess, although I knew it was going to happen this way. Everybody does.
The scenes between Mary Kate's brother (Victor McLaglen) and Thornton all lead up to the finale which is great for its comedy. Wayne proves he can be quite funny and he handles the scene very nice. How he treats his wife right before that I didn't expect and therefore that scene is may be even more funny. I think this movie works as a comedy and is a little familiar, too familiar, as a romantic or dramatic movie. Despite this the scenes between O'Hara and Wayne do work, may be not as good as in 'Rio Grande' two years earlier, but still very good.
Director: John Ford
Sean Thornton aka Trooper Thorne
Mary Kate Danaher/Thornton
Michaleen Flynn, Town matchmaker, boomaker
Father Peter Lonergan, Narrator
Squire 'Red' Will Danaher
The Widow Sarah Tillane
Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
Fishwoman with basket at station
Reverend Cyril 'Snuffy' Playfair
Charles B. Fitzsimons
Hugh Forbes (as Charles FitzSimons)
Ignatius Feeney, Squire Danaher's handyman (as Jack McGowran)
Molouney, train guard
Coding: All Code / NTSC format
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitle: Chinese / English / None
Screen: 4:3 Fullscreen