Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Night at the Movies - A to Z

Today's pick, one of my all time sentimental favorites, The Quiet Man. From director, John Ford, a new pairing: cowboys and Celts. Sean Thornton (John Wayne) returns to his Irish birthplace. He falls in love with Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara). Her brother opposes their marriage and refuses to pay Mary Kate's dowry. Sean just wants to settle down to a quiet life and forget about his in-law and his past. Sparks fly as Sean tries to learn the old ways and Mary Kate struggles to understand her cowardly husband.

One of my favorite scenes is where the courting couple are caught in a rain storm. The Duke's biceps showing through the wet, silk Arrow shirt, just swoony. Funny how Mary Kate's thin, chintz dress isn't so revealing.  Michaleen Flynn played by Barry Fitzgerald steals the show and the movie ends with a fun curtain call. I bet I beat you to the punch, Sunflower. Dum de dum dum de dum de da da dah...

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