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RIP Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara passed away yesterday.

With her red hair, peaches and cream complexion and fiery tongue, she played against some of the most masculine and iconic actors of her day: John Wayne, Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn.

Two of my favorite movies of hers are diametrically opposite.

The first is The Quiet Man (1952). Sean Thornton (John Wayne) is an American boxer returning to his family’s ancestral Irish village. He is attracted to Mary Kate Danaher  (Maureen O’Hara), and is eager to marry her. But before Mary Kate will agree to marry Sean, he must obtain her dowry from  her hard headed brother, who is refusing to part with it.

One of my favorite qualities of her character is in this movie is that Mary Kate is no shrinking violet. She knows what she wants and has no problem speaking her mind to get what she wants.

My other favorite Maureen O’Hara movie is Only The Lonely (1991).  Danny Muldoon (the late John Candy) is a single man whose life is dominated by loving, but overbearing mother, Rose (Maureen O’Hara). It is only when he meets Theresa Luna (Ally Sheedy), that Danny could possibly stop his mother from treating him like a child.

It is obvious that Rose loves her son, like a parent should. But like some parents, they forget that their adult children have their own minds and are capable of making their own decisions.

Maureen O’Hara was 95. RIP.

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Early Throwback Thursday- St Patrick’s Day Edition-The Quiet Man (1952)

There are some movie stars that are so iconic, that even the mere mention of their name conjures up certain images.

John Wayne is one of them.

In 1952, he decides to change movie genres. Re-paired with frequent leading lady Maureen O’ Hara, they were cast in the John Ford film, The Quiet Man.

Sean Thornton (John Wayne) was born in Ireland, but left with his family as a young child. A generation later, he returned as an American boxer to reclaim his family’s land and move on from the past. He does not expect to fall in love with and marry Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara). Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is not helped by Mary Kate’s ill tempered brother, Squire “Red” Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen), who is determined to keep them apart.

I have mixed feelings about this movie. While I love this on-screen pairing, I have to remind myself that this movie was made in 1952. But the chemistry between the Wayne and O’Hara is electric.The fact that this movie was filmed on location and not on a sound stage just adds another level of reality to this film.

I recommend it.

 

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