Trivia / The Quiet Man

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: #76
  • Doing It for the Art: Ford had desperately wanted to make this film for years, but had trouble finding a studio to back it. He finally made a deal with Republic Pictures — which specialized in Westerns — to film a Western for them in exchange for their VERY reluctant backing on The Quiet Man. The Western Ford made was Rio Grande; The Quiet Man went on to become Republic's biggest-ever box office hit, and the studio's ONLY movie ever to earn a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. And Ford won his fourth Best Director award for this.
  • Fake Irish: John Wayne and Ward Bond were Americans and Victor McLaglen was English.
  • Production Posse: All over the place. John Ford worked with a regular set of actors in nearly every movie he made. Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, and Victor McLaglen are the more notable names.
  • Real-Life Relative: Town elder Dan Tobin — the grizzled, bearded fellow who jumps up from his deathbed once he hears the epic donnybrook — was played by John Ford's brother Francis Ford. The story has it they had not spoken to each other in years, but John asked Francis to star in this film and they were very amicable toward each other during production. Francis died a year later.
    • Maureen O'Hara's younger brothers Charles and James Fitzsimons play Hugh Forbes and Father Paul, respectively.
    • Barry Fitzgerald's brother, Arthur Shields, plays the Rev. Mr. Playfair.
    • Two of John Wayne's children are sitting on the cart with Maureen O'Hara during the horse race scene.
  • Throw It In: At the end of the film, Mary Kate whispers something into John Wayne's ear. It was an unscripted bit of dialogue that John Ford insisted O'Hara say to Wayne in order to get an unexpected reaction on Wayne's part. The three were the only ones who know what was whispered — and with O'Hara passing away in 2015, nobody knows for certain what it was.