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    Just in time for the 70th anniversary of the movie, I was in Cong last month. We had only one day there and spent at least half of it doing non Quiet Man things. This was not my call as it was my friends' trip. Here are some of the many pictures I took. I also got a picture of a small church on the grounds of Ashford Castle--St. Mary's, I think. I don't think this is the church from the movie but correct me if wrong.

    1 and 2: me on the Quiet Man bridge.

    3: the pillar in the center of the street prominently featured in the movie.

    4 and 5: Quiet Man statue.

    6: Danagher house.

    7 and 8: me with statue.

    9: Cohan Bar.

    10: Inside Quiet Man museum.

    Whether you enjoyed or even saw The Rifleman, Johnny Crawford and his brother Robert Crawford Jr. are some of the kindest people anyone could ever meet! It was one of the thrills of my life to be able to tell Johnny Crawford that The Riflemanwas the first show I ever saw the day we finally got a TV set which worked, and I watched it for years. I hung out for hours with them at the final (so far) Festival of the West and they were friendly and extremely concerned, to the point of driving me to where I could catch a ride back to my hotel and saying they wished they could do more! Johnny's wife is also a wonderful sweet person. I cherish a photograph signed by them both. My love and concern flows out to them and I would urge everyone to donate anything they can.

    Too bad the cottage wasn't declared a protected structure years ago! Some sources made out the California owner to be the bad guy, he made out locals to be the problem, but I'm sure neither the owner nor the locals would have approved of people taking stones as souvenirs! If everyone who took a stone mailed it back, could they even figure where each stone went? Is enough of the structure even left for a restoration?

    Quiet Man Cottage Official Website

    John Ford got his dramatic scene so he was very happy. But I haven’t could find anything about John Wayne’s feelings about Maureen O’Hara’s cracked bone. We can only guess about John Wayne’s feelings in that scene, but we know he was a really Gentleman, so I think he not was happy for her brooked bone in her wrist. That was a big happy for her when it happen in US and not here in Europe.

    I posted this some pages back, about nine years ago, but it's on the DVD commentary. Maureen said Duke apologized immediately afterwards for blocking her hand with his. Her hand was supposed to strike his face but he knew she was swinging so hard the blow would have broken his jaw. He asked to see her hand knowing hitting that hard would hurt. She had it wrapped in her skirt or apron and by the time he saw it the fingers were swollen like sausages. Ever since learning this it hurts to watch this scene, but it's good to know that though in roughhousing he may have accidentally hurt her, he was genuinely concerned when he knew he really had hurt her.

    In Professor Des MacHale’s fantastic book “The Complete Guide To The Quiet Man” could you read this about Father Paul’s reading from a book.
    “We now switch to the interior of Dan Tobin’s cottage which is a studio scene. The gaffer himself is meant to be a deathbed, slowly expiring, though from the frontal camera angle he looks pretty healthy. By his bedside Father Paul is reading, not from the prayers for the dying as was originally intended but from a bloodthirsty Celtic saga. In the little bedroom are several shawled crying quietly and in particular there is Dan Tobin’s daughter played by Mimi Doyle.

    Is this from any real book? The only place I can find it is in a readable version of The Quiet Man.

    "And of a hundred battles, aye, and a thousand besides, stood alone on the victorious field, his buckler bent, his broken sword clutched in his mighty hand. The blood of a thousand wounds, oozing from his open veins, dripped on the bodies of the slain."

    Take it from someone who has viewed The Quiet Man 50 times, (at least...more or less...) the latest being this evening on TCM. There is NO scene in which John Wayne's character, Sean, hits Maureen O'Hara's character, Mary Kate, with any stick of any size or kind whatsoever. There are two scenes in which he is handed a stick to beat her. Up until quite recent times (maybe still) it was legal in Ireland for a man to beat his wife with a stick as long as the stick/switch/cane was no bigger around than his thumb. The first time Sean is handed a stick, it is by Mary Kate herself, to demonstrate her contrition after she angrily drove home from town in the cart and left him to walk. The base of the stick appeared larger than a man's thumb (after 50 or so viewings one gets to thinking about such things), while the ends were maybe around the size of a man's thumb, but there were two of them (forked stick). Sean touches the stick to Mary Kate's flank (to show audience members unfamiliar with the custom the purpose of the stick) and then tosses it in the fire. The second time, when Sean was dragging Mary Kate home from the train, the lady from the railroad station, (the only female in the crowd, at least the only one to speak, and so should have been on Mary Kate's side,) after kindly helping a man return Mary Kate's shoe, turns traitor and offers him "a good stick to beat the lovely lady." Again, this is not a straight stick but a forked one equipped to damage several places at once. Sean politely accepts the stick with, "Thanks," and doesn't discard it right away, but neither does he strike her with it.

    The other physical "violence" from Sean is a swat on Mary Kate's behind just before they take the cart into town, perhaps ad libbed by Duke or directed by Ford without informing O'Hara, who looked shocked, and then gave a breathless little laugh so as not to ruin the take. She later said that Duke can't have known his own strength and how much the blow actually hurt. In the scene on the way home from the train, Mary Kate swings at Sean ineffectually and he turns and kicks her rear end. This was choreography carefully worked out between the actors which the director pretended to admire as wonderful improvisation. Those and a few times of Sean picking up Mary Kate bodily are the only instances which could be interpreted as violence. When he threw her it was on a bed and not anything hard and I believe that was the only time he even raised his voice anywhere in the film, other than jovially (very well thought out for a movie titled The Quiet Man--notice that even in his confrontations with Red Will his voice is quite low and measured and manages to convey serious menace and determination). The subtext here I think is that Mary Kate was "a fine healthy girl" who gave as good as she got and Sean didn't have to worry about her being a shrinking violet who would fade away on him. They would likely produce healthy and spirited children.

    That would be really, really cool, and some of Glen Campbell's fans are also looking. I honestly saw the picture for three seconds during an in memoriam tribute, had time enough to think it was the greatest one of him I had seen, and over the decades I had seen a lot, and by the time I had time to think that it was gone. There are also so many channels now and no network to which I am loyal that I could even say what program it was on. Perhaps it could have been on the Academy Awards, which makes a lot of sense, as I don't watch the entire program but would have walked in for that part.

    Update: It was 100% not the NBC Nightly News nor the Academy Awards. I found both on YouTube. NBC had a still picture but not that one and the Oscars did not even include Glen Campbell. That narrows it down to probably some New Year's Eve tribute.

    Can anyone help me find a SPECIFIC photo of Glen Campbell I KNOW was taken during True Grit? Here is what I can describe: It isn't the well-known one of him holding the revolver. It was shown briefly during a tribute when he passed away. Pretty sure it was NOT TCM as this was a still and they use clips. He may or may not have been on horseback. Almost certainly not wearing a hat, as the glowing golden aspens were directly behind his head giving almost the effect of a halo. This image was so great I thought it would be better known and am quite crestfallen not to find it, but has not turned up in Google, Pinterest, Getty Images, Glen's Official Website, or Glen's Facebook page. I am trying his message boards. Anyone help? Thanks!

    The angle was similar to this:

    Glen Campbell Elvis.jpg

    This one is really nice but I'd need it in color.


    I just saw the Coens' version twice in the space of a week and rewatched the John Wayne version a couple of days later and saw as many differences as similarities as far as filming techniques but maybe I missed something.

    Truth to tell, I'm looking for images of the cottage, especially those clearly showing the door. At this rate, I may just end up watching the film again. This picture is very interesting, as it seems the bottom half of the door opens out, and the top half in.

    This one is awesome, except, again, the door is open:

    The story in The Quiet Man is happen some of the first year after the Black and Tan War in Ireland, who ended in 1920 – 1921. So the movies story can be in 1922 – 1923, some people are telling that year was 1923.

    Okay, I had no idea the movie was set that far back. I thought people were just dressing 30 years out of date to give it a quaint look. Perhaps those hayburning contraptions were no longer in use by the '50s, so that scene, which was original to the story, would not have worked?

    Couple thoughts: I noticed the photographic equipment used to take the wedding portrait was antiquated, probably even for the 1920s, but just figured it was a poor country where not everything was state of the art. How about the boxing match scene? Anyone know the vintage of the cameras?

    Also, when Sean reads that the Reverend Mr. Playfair was a boxer in "nineteen hundred and--" I always assumed it could be up to 40 years earlier, but if it takes place in the early 1920s could not be more than just slightly over 20 years previously at most.

    Kewl, here's the story!

    Fight scene's a lot shorter, ain't it?

    John Ford got his dramatic scene so he was very happy. But I haven’t could find anything about John Wayne’s feelings about Maureen O’Hara’s cracked bone. We can only guess about John Wayne’s feelings in that scene, but we know he was a really Gentleman, so I think he not was happy for her brooked bone in her wrist. That was a big happy for her when it happen in US and not here in Europe.

    It was a couple of fingers, not a wrist, and she said on the DVD narration that he asked her how she was right after it happened--he knew she must have been hurt.

    Yes it is. The man (in America) that owns it. Wants to restore it so people can sleep in the Cottage. I don't know if it ever happened.

    Apparently nothing has been done since a fire in 2002! The roof was destroyed and the building is coming apart, to the point that individual stones have been carried off as souvenirs! Why didn't the owner have, and use, insurance to restore and preserve the building? For that matter, didn't a family live in it at the time of the film, and what became of them?