The Rising of the Moon (1957)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories.
    In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest
    a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault.
    The man's principles have the policeman and the whole village,
    including the man he slugged, sympathizing with him.
    "One Minute's Wait" is about an little train station
    and glimpses into the lives of the passengers,
    with a series of comic setups.
    The third piece is called "1921" and is about a condemned
    Irish nationalist and his daring escape.
    Tyrone Power introduces each story
    Written by Molly Malloy

    Full Cast
    Tyrone Power ... Himself - Host
    Noel Purcell ... Dan O'Flaherty (1st Episode)
    Cyril Cusack ... Inspector Michael Dillon (1st Episode)
    Jack MacGowran ... Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
    Jimmy O'Dea ... Paddy Morrisey - porter (2nd Episode)
    Tony Quinn ... Andrew Rourke - Station Master (2nd Episode)
    Paul Farrell ... Jim O'Brien - 2nd Episode
    Kevin Casey ... Fireman McTigue - 2nd Episode
    Maureen Potter ... Pegeen Mallory - barmaid (2nd Episode)
    May Craig ... Mrs. Folsey - 2nd Episode
    Michael Trubshawe ... Colonel Charles Frobisher (2nd Episode)
    Maureen Connell ... May Ann McMahon (2nd Episode)
    Martin O'Duffy ... The Singer - 2nd Episode
    Denis O'Dea ... Police Sergeant Tom O'Hara (3rd Episode)
    Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. O'Hara - Police Sergeant's Wife (3rd Episode)
    Frank Lawton ... British officer (3rd Episode)
    Donal Donnelly ... Prisoner Sean Curran (3rd Episode)
    Maureen Cusack ... Sister Therese - 3rd Episode
    Edward Lexy ... Quartermaster Sergeant (3rd Episode)
    Maureen Delaney ... Old Woman
    Harold Goldblatt
    Doreen Madden
    Joseph O'Dea
    Godfrey Quigley
    Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Colonel Frobisher's Wife (2nd Episode) (as Anita Sharp Bolster)
    Dennis Brennan (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    John Cowley ... Gombeen Man (1st Episode) (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Ann D'Alton (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    J.G. Devlin (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Dennis Franks ... Black and Tan Officer (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Maurice Good ... Constable O'Grady (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Eric Gorman (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Joe Hone ... I.R.A. Man (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    John Horan ... Billposter (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    David Marlowe (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Mafra McDonagh ... I.R.A. Man (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Paddy O'Donnell ... Railway porter (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
    Martin Thornton ... Sergeant (3rd Episode) (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)

    Writing Credits
    (in alphabetical order)
    Lady Augusta Gregory story "The Rising of the Moon"
    Michael J. McHugh story "A Minute's Wait"
    Frank S. Nugent
    Frank O'Connor story "The Majesty of the Law"

    Original Music
    Eamonn O'Gallagher

    Robert Krasker

    First cinema film of Donal Donnelly.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Rising of the Moon is a 1957 Irish anthology film.
    It consists of three episodes all set in Ireland:
    "The Majesty of the Law", based on the short story
    of that title by Frank O'Connor in Bones of Contention
    "A Minute's Wait", based on a 1914 one-act comedy by Martin J. McHugh
    "1921", based on the play The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory.

    User Review


    20 June 2010 | by Michael_Elliott (Louisville, KY)

    Anthology film has director Ford returning to Ireland but the end results are far from those of THE QUIET MAN. In the first story, "The Majesty of the Law" has a policeman going to visit an old friend, now living desperately poor due to something in his past but it turns out he does have the money to correct his wrongdoings but refuses. The second story "One Minute's Wait" is about a train that stops off in a small station but every time it tries to leave something else comes up preventing it from doing so. The final film, "1921", is about an American nun who helps a British man escape from be hung but this just leads to more problems. This here is one of the least known works by Ford and it's easy to see why as we really don't have any well-known actors in the three stories. We do have Tyrone Power showing up for brief intros to each story but this here certainly wasn't enough to bring people to the film. This is one of those movies that I just watched without ever getting fully entertained but at the same time I was never really bored. The film, on a technical level, is quite good as you can tell in each scene that Ford has a love for the subject matter. Each scene is beautifully filmed and the cinematography certainly picks up the beauty of the land. The film also works in terms of the performances. The cast are mainly unknown actors but they do very good work and they come across as real characters. Anytime you tell "short stories" within one film then you're already fighting an uphill battle as it's hard to create one equally flowing film. It seems reviews are really mixed on which is the best story but my vote would go to the final one. In his introduction Power says it comes from a story that "all Americans would know" but I doubt that's the case. The story is a mild crime drama but it contains some interesting set-ups even if it does end out of no where. In the end, this isn't a disaster or a good film but it's a minor work that will probably appeal to those with a major love of Irish stories.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • I have seen this movie twice over the years.
    Nothing great, but three short stories that will put a smile on your face.

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