Monday, March 17, 2014

The Quiet Man (1952) and other offerings for St. Patrick's Day

DVD/Blu-Ray cover for The Quiet Man (1952),
based off of elements from the original poster art.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all from At The Matinee! There’s nothing like celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by watching a family favorite, John Ford & Merrian Cooper’s 1952 Academy Award-winning Technicolor masterpiece- The Quiet Man.

It was based off of a 1933 Maurice Walsh short story published in The Saturday Evening Post. Starring John Wayne as boxer Sean Thornton, Maureen O’Hara as Mary Kate Danaher, Victor McLaughlin as her brother, Squire “Red” Will Danaher; Ward Bond as Father Peter Lonergan, Mildred Natwick as Sarah Tillane, and Barry Fitzgerald as Michaleen Oge Flynn.

To commemorate the film’s 60th anniversary in 2012, The Quiet Man was released Blu-Ray & DVD through Olive Films (under license from Republic/Paramount). It includes a 1992 documentary on the film hosted by Leonard Maltin (originally produced for the 40th anniversary edition VHS and Laserdisc set). I have read several reviews that the picture quality of the Olive release is better than the dismal 2001 Artisan/Lionsgate DVD release. The film is also available for purchase on Paramount's on-demand platform through YouTube.

Movies! TV Network (which has the broadcast rights to vintage Republic & NTA features through Paramount) will show the Ford-Cooper classic, (three times in a row!) starting at 8:00 PM EST. It will be shown after another vintage Republic Picture with John Wayne, George Waggner's The Fighting Kentuckian (1949). Check your area for time and station availability (Movies! are primarily on the subchannels of Fox & MyNetworkTV O&O stations from coast-to-coast). It will also be shown commercial-free on Turner Classic Movies on April 23rd at 12:30 PM EST.

If you’re looking for more classics on this St. Paddy’s Day, TCM is showing classic movies related to Ireland- starting with the 1934 Michael Curtiz film, The Key (with William Powell & Edna Best) at 6:00 AM EST, and concluding with the 1968 Francis Ford Coppola musical- Finian’s Rainbow (with Fred Astaire & Petula Clark) at 5:15 PM EST.

So sit back, relax, break out the Irish cheese, and watch some classics on this St. Patrick’s Day. "Hip, Hip, Hooray"!

IN MEMORIAM: We lost one of the legendary comedic greats recently, David Brenner (1936-2014).

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