Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
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|When Mary-Kate exclaims "Fine farmer you are! Not a turnip, a cabbage, or a potato on the place" what was Sean Thornton doing?||The Quiet Man
Planting roses. Before Sean Thornton's mother died she described the roses that grew at White of Mourn. Sean Thornton was trying to make White of Mourn look just as it did when she was alive.
|When Thornton visits the Playfair home, what game is Reverend Playfair playing?||The Quiet Man
|Whose bonnet did Sean Thornton claim at the horse race?||The Quiet Man
Widow Tillane. It is tradition that at the end of the horse race each rider grabs the hat of one of the women. The hats are hanging from posts. The owner of the hat gets to present the trophy to the winner along with a kiss.
|How many generations of Thorntons were born at White of Morn?||The Quiet Man
7. Sean Thornton explains he would like to buy White of Morn back from the Widow Tillane because 7 generations of his family were born there including him.
|When Danaher and Thornton stagger home after the fight, what song are they singing?||The Quiet Man
Wild Colonial Boy. After fighting each other all day, Thornton and Danaher stagger home to the Thornton place for dinner, putting all disagreements behind them.
|In the first scene when the train pulls into Castletown, what village is "five miles maybe half a mile more" according to the porter?||The Quiet Man
Green. During their visit to see Sean, via bicycle, the Reverend and Mrs. Playfair stop by to deliver a plant. She tells Sean it is the way all Irish cottages should look and that only an American would have chosen green although they inform him that red is more durable.
Honked. She says this during the initial courting scene. Michaeleen allows them to walk ahead of him. Sean is confused by all of the tradition around courtship in Ireland and explains how in America he'd drive up to her house and honk and she'd come running out. Mary Kate is not amused by this and it results in one of Michaeleen's classic lines "Is this a courtin' or a donnybrook? Have the good manners not to hit the man until he's your husband and until he can hit you back."
White O' Mornin'. We first hear the name of the cottage when Sean stops along the bridge with Michaleen. Sean asks the name of it. He has never seen White O' Mornin' except as a baby. He only knows about it from the stories his mother would tell him in Pittsburgh.
Father Paul. We do not see the foul ourselves. The race is split up between footage of the race along the beach and watching the judges view the race through their binoculars. Three of John Wayne's children played small rolls in this scene. Patrick Wayne is the most notable, from his later roles in his father's movies. They all are present at the race. Patrick is on the wagon and Michael and Toni are present as well.
|During the big fight scene, what does Michaeleen Oge Flynn refer to the crowd as when he asks them to keep to their separate corners?||"Quiet Man" Essentials Part 1
non-belligerents. Michaeleen fires a gun off into the air, to get everybody's attention, and announces this is a private matter. He requests that all of the non-belligerents go to their respective corners.
Trooper Thorn. We first learn of his nickname during the flashback scene, after Will Danaher has knocked him out at the wedding. The newspaper in the flashback shows his name atop an article. The Reverend Playfair, a sports fan himself, identifies Sean as Trooper Thorn as well. He knows why Sean doesn't want to fight Will Danaher and keeps his past a secret. You will also hear Reverend Playfair cut the nickname short to just Trooper.
Protestants. The Catholic Father Lonergan makes this request of everyone, so the Protestant Reverend will not lose his position in Inissfree. They need to make it appear there are more people in his congregation than there really are. You'll recall the Reverend tells Sean there are only 2 or 3 people in his congregation, while they're speaking of Sean's fighting days.
Snuffy. Reverend Playfair's Bishop calls him Snuffy, as he hands the Reverend a check for losing the bet on the fight. Mrs. Playfair then smiles because she was not the only one to be betting on the fight. She tells Snuffy she'll have the tea ready.
A Black Eyed Susan. This is said, during the fight scene, just before they go into Cohan's pub for a pint. After all, people are coming from all over to see this fight, so they will take a break and have a pint before they kill each other. You'll notice Michaeleen spit accidentally right in Feeney's face, when he asked Michaeleen to place a bet on Thornton for him during the fight.
Impetuous! Homeric!. This line "Impetuous! Homeric!" was censored out of the first screenings in Boston Massachusetts. Obviously, Michaeleen thought it was broken from a night of intercourse. Sean Thornton had actually just thrown Mary Kate on the bed and it broke. He slept in the main room in his sleeping bag instead.
12. Sean was only twelve when his mother passed away. She was a widowed, and hard working immigrant mother. His father had passed away. We learn Sean went on to work in the steel factories, before his boxing career, during his discussion with the Widow Tillane.
Australia. Sean's father died in Australia in a penal colony. This is said when Father Lonergan approaches Sean and Michaeleen while along the road. Michaeleen introduces Sean and Father Lonergan recalls baptizing him. He asks about Sean's mother and recalls his grandfather dying in the penal colony.
Peter. Ward Bond played the role of Catholic Father Peter Lonergan. He worked alongside John Wayne in many other films including "The Searchers".
Dan Tobin. Orvon Autry is actually cowboy and western star Gene Autry's given first and last name. John Ford cast his older brother Francis Ford as Dan Tobin. He played the white-bearded elderly man who refused to die before witnessing the big fist fight. Francis was a silent film actor and director. He played alongside John Wayne in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" as Connelly, the fort's bartender. Ironically he is present to see the big fight in this movie as well.
Sean Aloysius Feeney. John Ford was born Sean Aloysius Feeney. Other spellings of his last name include O'Fearna but have the same pronunciation. He was born circa 1895, in Maine, as the youngest son of an Irish immigrant, who had 13 children. Other American spellings of his birth name include John Martin Feeney and Sean Aloysius Kilmartin O'Feeney. You may notice the main character's name is Sean and Will Danaher's right-hand man is named Feeney.
Victor McLaglen. Victor McLaglen also starred in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" along side John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Arthur Shields. He was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Will Danaher. Victor McLaglen played a detective captain named T.R. McKinley in the 1932 movie "Guilty as Hell". Andrew Victor McLaglen, son of Victor McLaglen, served as the second assistant director of "The Quiet Man". He also directed episodes of the television show "Gunsmoke" in 1955. Ward Bond played the role of Father Lonergan.
Arthur Shields. Arthur Shields is Barry Fitzgerald's real-life brother. He had notable appearances in such television shows as "Maverick", "Rawhide", "Bonanza" and played Dr. O'Laughlin in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon". His brother, Barry Fitzgerald, was born William Joseph Shields.
in his cottage. Sean and Mary Kate do kiss in the cemetery, but their first kiss takes place in his cottage. He finds a fire burning in his cottage and realizes someone is there. He tosses a stone through the window and howls. Mary Kate then runs out from her hiding spot and he grabs her. In fact, she kisses him a second time before she leaves his cottage.
Grocery store. Cohan's pub was in fact a grocery store. The set director had a false facade placed over the front. It is now a trinket store dedicated to the movie.
Barry Fitzgerald. Barry Fitzgerald was born in Dublin. His film debut was under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, in 1944, for his role in "Going My Way". He was also nominated for Best Actor for the same role. Harry Albershart played cowboy and western star Allan Rocky Lane. He later went on to play the voice of Mr. Ed. Albert Berry performed the first recorded parachute jump. Arthur Shields starred in other movies with John Wayne such as "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon".
Michael Thornton. Both Sean's father's name and grandfather's name are said, after Sean has offered to buy everyone in Cohan's a beer. We never learn how his father died but we know his grandfather passed away in Australia.
Sean Thornton. Both Sean's father's name and grandfather's name are said after Sean has offered to buy everyone in Cohan's Pub a beer. We never learn what the crime is which his grandfather was sent to the Australian penal colony for but it is implied everyone knows he was sent there.