The John Wayne estate dropped a powerful throwback photo of the beloved actor to kick off the workweek. And the picture definitely wasn’t of the Western variety.
The photo was captioned “Heading in to a new week like …” And then there was the muscle flexing emoji. So in other words, go through the work week strong like The Duke.
One commenter wrote: “This is the town of Cong, in County Mayo, Ireland. I am proud & happy to say that I have been there 4 times. “The Quiet Man” is one of my all time favorite movies of all time. I was thrilled the 1st time i walked on the grounds of the various locations where John Ford filmed the movie and the very places John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara were standing or walking around. Just love that movie! Sean Thornton & Mary Kate Danaher forever!”
Back in 1952, John Wayne Took a Chance with The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man was a unique movie for John Wayne. For one, it was a romantic movie and it had nothing to do with the West or a war. Wayne played a retired boxer named Sean “Trooper Thorn” Thornton. He was born in Ireland, but made his home in Pittsburgh. He wants to buy his family’s old farm in (fictional) Inisfree, Ireland.
While there, he meets and falls in love with an Irish woman named Mary Kate Danaher played by Maureen O’Hara. Mary Kate’s brother, Will “Red” Danaher, also wants to buy the farm. When he’s turned down, Red nixes his sister’s marriage to John Wayne.
When that doesn’t work, he refuses to pay a dowry. This is a dramatic turn. Although John Wayne as Sean doesn’t want or need the dowry, it’s an Irish custom. It becomes a big issue with Mary Kate. This is the birthright she brings to the marriage.
The big scene is when John Wayne as Sean fights his brother-in-law. It’s a protracted brawl through the countryside with a stop for beer at the local pub. The two end up becoming friends and respecting each other. And John Wayne finds true love. Happy ending, indeed.
Although John Wayne took a chance on the character, the movie was both a box office and critical success. John Ford won the Academy Award for Best Director. And the movie was nominated for Best Picture. Cecil B. DeMille’s Greatest Show on Earth beat out The Quiet Man for the award.
So go out and make it a John Wayne kind of week.