I’ll start off by saying that I have never really been a John Wayne fan. I have no love for his westerns and really didn’t ever have much interest for any of his other movies. However that being said, I absolutely adore this movie. The whimsical tale set in Ireland just captured my heart when I first saw it. The picturesque settings are quite simply breathtaking and had me longing for a time I wasn’t even alive during.
John Wayne plays Sean Thornton, a retired American boxer who returns to the town of Innisfree where he was born. There he meets a fiery redhead called Mary Danaher (Maureen O’Hara). Becoming smitten with Mary, Sean seeks to win her over and eventually marry her. However certain problems arise before courtship can even begin. Sean is looking for a home and enquires about a house owned by Widow Tillane (Mildred Natwick), however Mary Danaher’s brother Will also has his eye on the property and thinks he should be the one to get it. Incensed by Will Danaher’s attitude, Widow Tillane sells the property to Sean. However as strict social rules in Innisfree mean Sean must ask the father’s permission to court Mary it causes problems. Mainly because Mary’s father is deceased and the final say goes to her brother Will, who doesn’t like Sean as he got the Widow’s property.
Things move forward and Sean marries Mary. However Will refuses to pay a dowry to Sean and Mary which causes problems between Sean and Mary. Not wanting to let Will jeopardise his marriage Sean goes to confront him, kick-starting a long and comical fight all over the town of Innisfree.
Like I said I just adore this movie. The sets, the scenery and the costumes are exquisite. The acting is not the best in places, but is done with so much heart and the cast are clearly enjoying themselves that you can’t help but get swept up in the fun. I would have loved to live in such a beautiful part of the country, just beautiful. This movie is definitely worth a viewing for some wonderful Irish charm.