Thursday, 27 August 2009


Whilst I should have been studying hard this afternoon for my MA, I by chance had a quick peek at the telly and came across one of my favourite films The Quiet Man (1952)

Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara and directed by John Ford it is a modern day take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew set in county Galway, Ireland.

The Quiet Man is a beautifully shot romantic drama but it is an idealised version of Irish life and is hardly a ringing endorsement for women's rights but I still laugh every time at the point where one of the local women hands John Wayne a stick as he drags Maureen O'Hara across the countryside on route to challenge her brother about her withheld wedding dowry and says 'here's a good stick for you if you need to beat your wife.'

Before you judge me, watch the film without any notions of today and you'll enjoy every minute of it!


Sharon Rose said...

Just read Wikis take on the film-sounds very good, I'll have to look out for it!

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

One of my favorites!

drollgirl said...

bah! that is pretty wild! i haven't seen the movie yet, but i would like to beat a LOT of people (not necessarily women!) with a stick! :)

fashion herald said...

My Irish Drama professor in college (ex-Irish priest)HATED this film, but I thought he was missing on all the fun of it. And the great pairing of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. That fight scene is amazing.