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A Quiet Man Miscellany
A Quiet Man Miscellany

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Authors: Des MacHale
Affiliation: teaches at University College Cork and is Chairman of the Quiet Man Movie Fan Club.
Publication Year: Hardback 2009
Pages: 192
Size: 230 x 230mm

ISBN: 9780955226175


John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952) is the most popular cinematic representation of Ireland, and one of Hollywood's classic romantic comedies. For some viewers and critics the film is a powerful evocation of romantic Ireland and the search for home. This book contains new and original information and photographs about the film The Quiet Man.

Des MacHale has found a range of unexpected new information about the film. The book opens with the letters of John Ford's secretary, Meta Sterne, giving authentic information and commentary about what went on behind the scenes on location in Ireland. There were many rumours of a sequel to The Quiet Man but they never came off. However, a belated sequel Only the Lonely starring Maureen O'Hara was produced in 1991 and it is described and analysed. The emergence of the screenplay of The Quiet Man is a long and complicated saga. The book examines the initial rejected screenplay by the Welsh novelist Richard Llewellyn which contained much of the inspiration for the final cut of the movie. The memoirs of Maureen Coyne—Cashman, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, are published here for the first time. She is one of the few surviving bit players and she describes her experiences on set with Wayne, O'Hara, and Ford. The last outstanding bit player with a speaking part and his film career is identified. Intensive research over the last 15 years has failed to uncover this character until now. The real-life incidents on which the ecumenical scenes in the film are based are discussed.

The final part of the book covers more recent events including the Quiet Man conference held in Galway in 2004 and the opening of Pat Cohan's bar in 2008 which featured in the film as a real bar..

The book will also contain dozens of previously unseen stills from the movie and many unseen photographs of locations and personalities.

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5 of 5 Widely acknowledged as the definitive expert on Th September 21, 2010
Reviewer: Western People from Republic of Ireland  
Widely acknowledged as the definitive expert on The Quiet Man  Des McHale has produced one of the outstanding Irish books of the past 12 months with A Quiet Man Miscellany.    If the book was to be rated on production values it would score ten out of ten because it really is a magnificent publication  containing many rare and previous unseen photographs lovingly reproduced by Cork University Press. But it is the content of this book that makes it such an utterly enthralling read.    Des McHale has left no stone unturned in his quest to bring the story of The Quiet Maninto the 21st century  even managing to track down the last outstanding bit player with a speaking part   a task that took 15 years     The author also reveals new information about the film  including letters from John Ford s secretary about what when on behind the scenes.    He also traces the origins of the screenplay for the famous film  which has been shrouded in confusion over the years. And the memoirs of Maureen Coyne Cashman  now a resident in Brooklyn  New York  are published for the first time. Ms CoyneCashman was a cast member and she describes her experiences on set with John Wayne  John Ford and Maureen O Hara.    There is an understandable interest in Co Mayo in The Quiet Manand many readers will be aware of Des McHale for his devotion to the movie. He has produced two books on The Quiet Manin the past but this latest one is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the movie   and that is just about everyone in the West of Ireland     A Quiet Man Miscellany is an absolute credit to Des and everyone at the Cork University Press   it is a magnificent publication.

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5 of 5 Des Machale s book is a work of love and historica September 17, 2010
Reviewer: Irish American News from Republic of Ireland  
Des Machale s book is a work of love and historical accuracy. A Quiet Man Miscellany is filled with provocative ideas about Ireland and our Irish cultural heritage

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