The Plough and the Stars (1936)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Nora Clitheroe (Barbara Stanwyck) runs a rooming house in Dublin
    and tries to stay away from the political turmoil raging around her,
    so she becomes quite upset when she learns that her husband Jack (Preston S. Foster)
    has joined a militia of Irish rebels trying to drive out the British.
    Nora fears for Jack's safety and begs him to keep his distance from the revolutionary forces.
    Jack assures her that he'll step back from their activities,
    but it's not until it's too late that Nora learns that Jack has done just the opposite --
    and has become a commander with the Irish Citizen Army
    as they plan an ill-fated raid on the Dublin Post Office.
    ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Full Cast
    Barbara Stanwyck ... Nora Clitheroe
    Preston Foster ... Jack Clitheroe'
    Barry Fitzgerald ... Fluther Good
    Denis O'Dea ... The Young Covey
    Eileen Crowe ... Bessie Burgess
    F.J. McCormick ... Capt. Brennan
    Una O'Connor ... Maggie Gogan
    Arthur Shields ... Padraic Pearse
    Moroni Olsen ... Gen. Connally
    J.M. Kerrigan ... Peter Flynn
    Bonita Granville ... Mollser Gogan
    Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Rosie Redmond
    Neil Fitzgerald ... Lt. Langon
    Robert Homans ... Timmy the Barman
    Brandon Hurst ... Sgt. Tinley
    Cyril McLaglen ... Cpl. Stoddard
    Wesley Barry ... Sniper
    D'Arcy Corrigan ... Priest
    Mary Gordon ... Woman at Barricades
    Doris Lloyd ... Woman at Barricades
    Michael Fitzmaurice
    Francis Ford
    Frank Hagney
    Ben Hall
    Buck Mack
    Pat Moriarity
    Margaret Morris
    Lillian O'Malley
    Patricia O'Malley
    Lionel Pape ... Englishman
    Steve Pendleton
    Jack Pennick
    Mary Quinn ... Second Woman
    Ernest Shields (as Ernie Shields)
    Billy Watson
    Ann Bupp ... (uncredited)
    Tommy Bupp ... (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Dudley Nichols
    Sean O'Casey play "The Plough and the Stars"

    Original Music
    Roy Webb

    Joseph H. August

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Plough and the Stars is a 1936 drama film
    based on the play of the same name by Se·n O'Casey.
    It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster and Barry Fitzgerald

    John Ford, whose fierce pride in his Irish heritage often manifested
    itself in his work, directed this historical drama which uses as its backdrop the
    1916 Easter Rebellion of Irish patriots against British rule.
    John Ford had several bitter disputes with RKO Pictures
    while making The Plough and the Stars, especially after the studio re-shot several scenes
    with another director to tone down the film's politics;
    while he distributed several independent productions through the studio,
    he never shot another picture for RKO.
    ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    User Review


    Ford's "Plough & the Stars" ('36) -- a powerful period piece
    31 May 2010 | by jdeureka (France)

    If you like Ireland, Irish history & literature, the traditions of the Irish people & the ambiguous creation of the Irish nation -- what's not to like about this movie? Sure, now, it's more John Ford than Sean O'Casey. But what would you be expectin from John Ford at the height of his creative spirit -- four years before he filmed "Grapes of Wrath"? Almost everyone in this movie plays their part with pungent efficiency. It's old-fashioned acting of the best sort. As movie, this is much more cinema of ideas, of belief & revolution, of theater, of language & gesture & non-verbal communication -- than our contemporary cinema of special effects and technicolor sensations. This movie is political entertainment of a very fine order; with as much said by the words as by what is shown. But how many people alive now can relate to it with the potency it must of had back in the 1930s?

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().