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1[[quoteright:320:]]˛˛->''"Well, then. Now. I'll begin at the beginning. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and Himself got off. He didn't have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin' rod!"''˛-->-- '''Father Peter Lonergan''', opening narration˛˛''The Quiet Man'' is a 1952 American-made romantic comedy film from Creator/RepublicPictures, directed by Creator/JohnFord and starring Creator/JohnWayne, Creator/MaureenOHara, Creator/BarryFitzgerald, Victor [=McLaglen=], and Ward Bond. It is based on a 1933 short story of the same title by Maurice Walsh.˛˛A polite, soft-spoken American named Sean Thornton (Wayne) makes his way to the small Irish village of Innisfree. He's come back to his ancestral home to purchase his father's house, "White o' Morning", but in doing so, he rouses the ire of local squire "Red" Will Danaher ([=McLaglen=]), who wanted the property for himself. Complicating matters is that on the journey to town, Thornton caught a glimpse of beautiful [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] Mary Kate Danaher (O'Hara), Will's sister, and the two fall in {{love|AtFirstSight}}. Unfortunately, before he can even say to Mary Kate, "Hi, how are you? Wanna marry me and live happily ever after?" Thornton has to get Will's permission first. And Will will join the Church of Ireland before THAT ever happens. HilarityEnsues.˛˛No, seriously, it does.˛˛''The Quiet Man'' was well received on its release and has remained one of the more popular romantic comedies in Hollywood history (and a perennial favorite for St. Patrick's Day viewing). The film was nominated for seven [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]] including Best Picture, winning two for Best Director and Best Color Cinematography.˛˛[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with the [[VideoGame/TheQuietMan 2018 videogame]] of the same name.˛˛!!This film is associated with the following tropes:˛* TheAlcoholic: Michaeleen Óge Flynn, who is either drunk or asking for a drink in pretty much every scene.˛* AltarDiplomacy: Ebullient Squire Will Danaher has been itching to woo the widow Sarah Tillane, not for love, but because their land holdings combined would make theirs the largest arable tract in the county. ˛* AluminumChristmasTrees: There really would be no correct Irish language term for 'sleeping bag'. When Ireland was conquered by the British, the Irish language was phased out and English became the dominant language. When Ireland received its independence, there were suddenly hundreds of modern conveniences that they had no Irish words for. So they had to just make them up. ˛* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: On the wedding night, when Mary Kate and Sean Thorton argue over her dowry, it gets to looking like Sean, uh John Wayne, will force himself on Mary Kate. He throws her harshly onto the bed, breaking it, but then storms from the room and leaves her. She breaks down into tears, both over the argument and the lack of ravishing she apparently expected.˛* AuthorAppeal: Director John Ford was a rock-solid American-Irishman, and it showed in almost every movie he made. This movie is practically his love letter to Ireland.˛* BadassPreacher: The Reverend Mr. [[MeaningfulName Playfair]] is a former lightweight boxer and still follows the sport avidly.˛* BestHerToBedHer: Mary Kate refuses to consummate her marriage to Sean until he literally drags her off a train and makes her walk five miles home.˛* BigDamnKiss: When Sean... [[RunningGag John Wayne]] catches Mary Kate cleaning up his newly repurchased home, he grabs her before she can run out, and with the wind and storm blowing outside and into the house, he plants a big kiss on her. It's one of the most-remembered scenes from the movie. Right before she slaps him for the impertinence. And when she does leave, she leans in for a small kiss of her own to show she really didn't mind the big one.˛* BoisterousBruiser: Red Will Danaher; with a jaw of granite and a wicked right punch, and loudly proclaiming himself the "Best Man in Innisfree." Subverted with Thornton... excuse me Wayne, who is a Bruiser but prefers to [[TitleDrop be a quiet man]].˛* ButtMonkey: Will Danaher is not a popular figure in Innisfree, and comes in for a lot of derogatory commentary throughout the film.˛* CasualtyInTheRing: Sean Thornt... John Wayne killed a fellow boxer in a match, hence the reason he refuses to fight Danaher until the final reel.˛* CaughtInTheRain: Sean and Mary Kate are caught in Irish ruins by a storm, and have their first close hug.˛* CombatPragmatist: Will kicks Sean in the face right after agreeing to fight by Marquess of Queensbury rules.˛* {{Confessional}}: Played with in the movie. Mary Kate goes to see [[BadassPreacher Father Lonergan]] not in the confessional booth but in a nearby river where the priest enjoys his fishing. Sean T... [[OverlyLongGag John Wayne]] at the same time pays a visit on the Protestant minister Playfair who happens to be the only one in town who knows Wayne's troubled past, to confess to him about the troubles in his marriage and what he should do.˛* CoolOldGuy: Dan Tobin, the white-bearded village elder.˛* CrushingHandshake: After Father Lonergan orders Will to shake hands with Sean in the pub, he gives him one of these... and Sean returns it in kind.˛-->'''Sean:''' (''through clenched teeth'') That's a good grip you have, Danaher. I always hated a flabby handshake myself.˛* CurbStompBattle: This is how the final fight plays out in the short story, as opposed to the long, drawn-out affair in the movie. The drama is in Sean making up his mind to fight Will. Once he does, Will doesn't stand a chance against a professional boxer. (Although it's worth noting that while the movie fight is long, it's still rather one sided, being downplayed to a CurbStompCushion at best. The only blows Danaher can land are a couple of sucker punches, and aside from that Thornton thoroughly cleans his clock. The only drama comes from Danaher having a size advantage, an incredible ability to take a punch, and being willing to fight much dirtier than Thornton.)˛* DarkAndTroubledPast: The reason Thorn... Wayne has returned to his family's cottage in Innisfree is because he accidentally killed a fighter in a boxing match. His guilt over that death is what stops him from fighting Danaher throughout most of the movie, and his revulsion that he had killed for prize money is why he refuses to win Mary Kate's dowry from her mean-spirited brother. He gets over it.˛* DefeatMeansFriendship: Sean Thornton ([[OverlyLongGag I know, I know, JOHN WAYNE]]) wins over his brother-in-law, Will Danaher, by means of their fight. (Wayne definitely wins, as the Bishop loses his bet.) The fight also made the Widow Tillane admit her feelings for Will; now that he's been humbled, he is able to properly court her.˛* DeliberatelyJumpingTheGun: The rivalry between Sean Thornton and Will Danaher comes to a head, and the two combatants prepare for a slugfest. Danaher makes a show of raising his arms and announcing to the crowd, "Marquis of Queensbury! Marquis of Queensbury!" meaning that he intends to fight in accordance with the rules of boxing, as set forth by the Marquis of Queensbury. Sean Thornton, wanting to signify the same intention, mimics Danaher's performance. Thornton barely gets his hands down when Danaher wallops him with a boot to the face that sends Thornton reeling.˛* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: A lot of people smoke pipes in this movie, but the leaders of the town -- Michaleen Flynn, Father Lonergan, and Rev. Playfair -- stand out.˛* DoubleEntendre: During the wedding party, Will Danaher makes a winding speech leading up to a proposal of the widow, but loses his way and looks for help. His man suggests "without further eloquence", by which is meant "without further ado" -- but Danaher [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin proceeds to propose as bluntly as possible, anyway]].˛* DowryDilemma: Inverted. An argument over a dowry provides the conflict. The husband cares nothing about the dowry that his brother-in-law refuses to pay, but his wife is very upset about her husband not receiving her dowry and is mad at her husband for not demanding it (not for the sake of the money itself, but what it represents). [[spoiler:Indeed, the resolution of the movie involves Thornton finally calling out Danaher and demanding the dowry, and him finally paying it - whereupon Kate immediately throws the money in the stove to demonstrate to Sean that it was only ever the principle of the thing]].˛* EarTrumpet: One of the old men of the town uses one.˛* EmbarrassingNickname: "Snuffy", for the Rev. Mr. Playfair.˛* EnemiesList: Will Danaher maintains a book of these for anyone who crosses him.˛* FailedAttemptAtDrama: When asked if she'll put her bonnet in the auction, Mary Kate emphatically declares she will ''not'' and clamps it defiantly on her head. The breeze immediately blows it off.˛* FieryRedhead: [[LampshadeHanging Mentioned in-movie]] about the TropeCodifier [[Creator/MaureenOHara herself]]: "Oh, that red hair of hers is no lie!"˛* FightingIrish: Thornton and Danaher's fight is both inevitable and highly anticipated by the rest of the town, who all want to join in once it starts.˛* FromNewYorkToNowhere˛* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Sean breaks the bed when he throws Mary Kate on it, but when Michael sees it the next morning, he presumes they shattered it with vigorous sex. ("Impetuous. Homeric!")˛* GoodOldFisticuffs: The climax of the film has this.˛* GrayRainOfDepression: Happens when Thornton is leaving the Danaher home after Will decides to be an ass and not consent to the wedding.˛* HeroesWantRedheads: But who didn't want Maureen O'Hara?˛* IrishPriest: Father Lonergan, and his assistant Father Paul.˛* IronicEcho: "It's only five miles. Just a good stretch of the legs."˛* {{Leprechaun}}: Michaleen Óge Flynn. Not really, it's just [[{{Oireland}} part of the fun]].˛* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: When Danaher and Wayne start their epic donnybrook, a slew of others join in, prompting Og Flynn to fire off warning shots and lay down the ground rules to the fight. They quickly settle on fighting by the Marquis of Queensbury rules, and then Danaher promptly kicks Wayne in the face.˛* LogicBomb: "He'll regret that to his dying day, ''if ever he lives that long!''"˛* LyricalDissonance: Invoked. During the post-wedding celebration, Fr. Paul and some of the other men are playing and singing a jaunty, upbeat little tune on the piano. Even Fr. Lonergan joins in! Only they're playing "The Humor is on me Now", a song about a young girl lamenting her marriage. It makes sense when Mary Kate regrets marrying a "coward". Then it's subverted when they finally and happily move past their troubles together.˛* MassOhCrap: When Sean quietly replies, "That's a lie," to Will's accusation of mal intent toward Mary Kate.˛* TheMatchmaker: Michaeleen Óge Flynn, who does it for all the courting couples in the town--apparently he's called a "shaughraun". "No patty fingers. if you please."˛* MeaningfulEcho: "Sit down, sit down. That's what chairs are for."˛* MidBattleTeaBreak: During the fight, Thornton and Danaher end up in a bar where they stop to have a glass of porter and each politely offers to pick up the tab. This soon turns into an argument and they end up fighting again. ˛* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: John Wayne's expression during his flashback to the boxing match when he accidentally killed his opponent. The anguished expression he shows -- countered by his cornermen, who just stand and stare -- is heartbreaking. They may have seen death in the ring before, but "Trooper Thorn" hadn't. ˛* MyLocal: Pat Cohan's Bar. ˛* {{Narrator}}: Father Lonergan.˛* {{Oireland}}:˛** Every Irish stereotype you can think of is in this film. The love of drinking. The love of fighting. Members of the IRA sitting in the pub plotting their next mischief (relax, they're planning their next pub visit, not any bombing). Belief in both the Church and tales of druids and the Fair Folk. Matchmaking and marriage customs that Americans can't make heads or tails of. Yup, every stereotype an American can think of is in this film: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and it is awesome]].˛** If not the first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Ireland, it's certainly the first to take advantage of color cinematography to capture on film incredibly vivid landscapes of the Irish countryside. See SceneryPorn, below.˛** The confessional scene between Mary Kate and Father Lonergan was partially done in Irish, one of the few Hollywood movies to use the Irish language.˛* PintSizedPowerhouse: Sean in the book. Danaher mocks him by calling him Shawneen - which is Irish Gaelic for "Little Sean," and is also a pun on the Irish word "Shoneen," which means "upstart". In the movie he's... well, Creator/JohnWayne.˛* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The IRA lads. They talk a good deal, but mostly they seem to hang out at the pub and other social gatherings.˛* RomanticRain: When Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher finally (mutually) decide to accelerate the socially prescribed and glacially slow courtship routine in turn-of-the-century Ireland, they seize their chance to be alone together and escape from their matchmaker-cum-chaperon Michaeleen Og Flynn on a tandem bicycle. They are overtaken by a torrential downpour and take refuge in the ruins of an old stone church, where both of them get soaked and have their first dramatic kiss (whereupon it immediately thunders, a metaphorical indication of "you shouldn't be doing that").˛* ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse: during the big fight scene, the bartender, Thornton and Danaher verbally fight over who's buying the drinks.˛* SceneryPorn: cinematographers Winton Hoch and Archie Stout won the Best Color Cinematography UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for this film. The on-location shots were so beautifully done that when one views certain scenes which were clearly filmed on soundstages, the switch is jarring.˛* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Much of the problems between Mary Kate and Sean stem from him not wanting to fight her brother to get her rightful dowry. Due to their trans-Atlantic CultureClash, he doesn't understand why she's obsessing about the money, and she doesn't understand why he won't fight for her legacy. In the end, Sean does demand the money, and when Danaher finally hands it over, he and Mary Kate promptly toss it into a furnace, starting the fight. Ultimately, it was more about Mary Kate's husband standing up for her and her honor than having the money.˛* SecretKeeper: Rev. Playfair, with regard to Sean's past as a boxer.˛* SexySoakedShirt: The less common male example happens when John Wayne is wearing a silk shirt in the rain.˛* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Possibly the TropeCodifier and it resulted in the stereotype that ''every'' Irish person is one. ˛* SlapSlapKiss: More like Kiss Slap Kiss. When Thornton ([[OverlyLongGag I mean Wayne]]) spends his first night in his family cottage he discovers Mary Kate there trying to tidy up the place. He grabs her while she tries to flee and kisses her passionately. She resists a bit, but warms to the embrace, but when they part, she ups and tries to slap him across the face, chewing him out for being too bold. After a brief discussion about what each other might want in a relationship, Mary Kate slips halfway out the door before turning back and giving Wayne a kiss to show she didn't mind their first one.˛* SnarkingThanks: When Thornton and his loutish bully of a brother-in-law finally have the fight the entire county has been anticipating ever since the two first crossed paths, [[FightingIrish everyone around wants to witness it and/or keep it going]]. So every time one of the fighters gets knocked down or looks to be unable to continue, a bucket of water is tossed on them to revive them and keep the fight going. It's a RunningGag that Thornton is fine and about to get up on his own every time the overly enthusiastic crowd douses him, causing him to take a second to get over the shock of the cold water and mutter a sarcastic "Thanks" before he gets back to fighting.˛* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: The village men welcome Sean by singing "Wild Colonial Boy." Just as they get to the verse where the song's protagonist robs the local squireen, who should walk in but squire "Red" Will Danaher, who was "robbed" of White O' Morn by Sean. Lampshaded when Fahy, the accordionist, mockingly addresses Will as "squireen".˛* TeethFlying: Will Danaher does this.˛* UnwantedAssistance: During the big fight between Sean and Danaher, whenever one of them was knocked down a guy would throw a bucket of water in his face, then the crowd would pick him up and throw him back into the fight. ˛* TheVicar: The Rev. Mr. Playfair.˛* WaterWakeUp: Sean and Will keep getting these during the big fight, whether they need them or not.˛* WhileRomeBurns: One [[StiffUpperLip blatantly Englishman]] older gent sits serenely in the pub reading a newspaper while everyone else in Innisfree is out watching the climactic fight.˛----


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