John Wayne’s ‘The Quiet Man’ Returns to Theaters for 70th Anniversary Celebration

by Joe Rutland
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If you are a John Wayne fan (and who isn’t?), then you probably have seen The Quiet Man. Well, you’ll get to see this film in theaters. This amazing, classic film stars not only John Wayne but Maureen O’Hara and Ward Bond. That’s right. The famed flick will be honoring its 70th anniversary of first appearing in theaters across the United States.

John Wayne Fans Get Ready To See ‘The Quiet Man’ In Theaters

And guess when it started doing so? On St. Patrick’s Day. The John Wayne Estate’s official Instagram account informs fans of this great news.

Fans were ready to share their thoughts about this news, too. One of them writes: “Love this movie”. Another John Wayne fan states: “Perfect St Patrick’s Day Movie”. We tend to agree that this is just one solid movie for the Irish holiday.

One fan noticed O’Hara and writes: “…is she real? She couldn’t be…” Oh yeah, we can confirm that she’s real and totally fantastic in The Quiet Man. Other John Wayne fans say “one of my all-time favorite movies!” and “Best Irish movie!!”

The Classic Movie Might Even Run in Refurbished Theaters

Some movie theaters have been restored to their original look. Meaning, some of the theaters that will show this John Wayne movie also will have the look of an old-school movie house. Imagine walking into a theater where The Quiet Man might have been shown when it first came out. Now, a whole new generation of fans gets to see this film on the big screen.

According to IMDb, the movie is about a retired American boxer who returns to the village of his birth in 1920s Ireland. The boxer, played by Wayne, falls in love with a feisty, spirited redhead (played by O’Hara) whose brother is contemptuous of their union. John Ford directed this movie. If you know anything about the movie career of John Wayne, then you know that he and Ford worked together on many films.

Besides Ward Bond, others in the cast included Barry Fitzgerald (a good Irish name right there) and a classic TV star. Yes, if you know about Ken Curtis, then you know he played Festus on Gunsmoke. Here, though, Curtis has an uncredited role as Dermot Fahy.

We do have another casting tidbit for you Wayne fans. Four of his children, Michael, Patrick, Melinda, and Toni, also had uncredited appearances too. Talk about keeping it in the family! The Quiet Man was first released in 1952 and just joins a whole slew of Wayne movies that can be seen over and over again.