1928 - Alderson High School - 1968


My Favorite Movie
Herman King 09

About John Wayne. I suppose you could guess my age by my favorite movies and actors. If I had to select my single, very favorite movie (a difficult task) it would be THE QUIET MAN, John Ford's story of an Irishman's return to his homeland, played by John Wayne. The movie was filmed in a now vanished Irish countryside with a mostly Irish cast with a wonderful score composed by Victor Young based on favorite Irish tunes. I doubt that we'll see so many Celts together in one movie ever again. Ford the director was born in Ireland, as were Wayne (nee Marion Morrison) Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, most of the rest, (but not Victor McLaglen).
Wayne had been a successful heavyweight fighter in America and had accidentally killed another man in a fight. He vowed never to fight again. But after returning home to Innisfree, he met and married the fiery redhead O'Hara (what magic existed between Wayne and O'Hara)! and he ultimately had to fight her nasty brother (Victor McLaglen) over her dowry, which he didn't want. In real life, it's extremely doubtful that the Duke could have whipped McLaglen. The latter had been once gone the distance with Jack Johnson, considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. But the movies have little to do with reality, and of course, the Duke whipped and gentled his wife's brother and they went home together at the end. I always liked happy endings. (Who indulges in fantasy in order to be depressed)? McLaglen and Wayne also made a duo that generated electricity a comical version) on the screen, not only in The Quiet Man but also in Rio Grande and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. Then there was Barry Fitzgerald who played a chaperone in the film. Fitzgerald captivated me as the feisty little priest in Bing Crosby's great hit GOING MY WAY. But his role in The Quiet Man is just as good, if not better. Without him, the movie wouldn't have been half as good.

The acting, the scenery and the music all came together to make THE QUIET MAN a bright and shining masterpiece the likes you never see today, where the emphasis is on the dark and Freudian. As long as I have a DVD or VHS player I will watch it again and again at decent intervals, of course)