THE QUIET MAN
1952, Paramount, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne is the quiet man of the title, a former boxer returning home to his Irish birthplace who falls in love with feisty Maureen O’Hara and butts heads with her big brother (Victor McLaglen). Ireland has never looked so emerald green as in this rowdy shaggy-dog story that’s filled to the brim with brawling, romance and general tomfoolery. With Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond. Winner of Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography (by Winston C. Hoch and Archie Stout).


RED RIVER
1948, MGM Repertory, 133 min, Dir: Howard Hawks

Cattle baron John Wayne and foster son Montgomery Clift (in his first film) take 'em to Missouri but fall into conflict along the way in director Hawks' seminal Western classic, in which the director commands the epic as well as the intimate. With Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, and music by the great Dimitri Tiomkin.


THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
1962, Paramount, 119 min, Dir: John Ford

James Stewart and John Wayne represent opposing but equally necessary forces in John Ford’s great late Western: Stewart is an unassuming lawyer who rises to political prominence as he civilizes the West, while Wayne is the man of violent action rendered obsolete by the passage of time. Vera Miles co-stars as the woman both men love, with additional support from Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Woody Strode and John Carradine.


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