I leave it to Maureen O'Hara care to elaborate a little, knowing that his favorite movie, that for which it has invested the most. At the top of her art, she wanted the studios offered him roles with the same height, same power ..
We are June 3, 1951 - "The cares of the world seemed to vanish overnight and a feeling of peace and serenity took me over as my plane reached the coast of Ireland and closed in on Shannon Airport. ..
... I saw her sprawling central plain again, surrounded by mountainous hues that varied from lush emerald green to the deep purple of heather to the solemn richness of her dark black blogs. I have never seen her more majestic than she was that summer of 1951 ...
... this would be the first time she was ever captured in Technicolor, and I knew before our wheels ever touched the ground that the real star of The Quiet Man would be Ireland herself ...
... Ford purchased the motion-picture rights to the story from Walsh in 1936 for only $ 10 ... then spent the next fifteen years working on developing the story into a screenplay that he could get financed.
... Most of the work we did on the "Araner" involved removing thepolitics from the story and focusing it on romance and comedy. It was screenwriter Frank Nugent, who later masterfully fleshed out the plot and characters with Mr. Ford, and who brought to the film its whimsical humor.
... John Ford chose the lovely little village of Cong, in County Mayo, as the village of Innisfree. All of the exterior sequences for The Quiet Man were filmed in Cong, surrounding areas within County Mayo, and a few in nearby County Galway and County Clare.
... Of course, the principal players in the picture were Duke, myself, Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, Ward Bond, Francis Ford, and Barry Fitzgerald. We were the only Hollywood actors who filmed in Ireland. The other characters credited in the film as the "Irish Players" were cast from local Irish talent, and many of them were members of the Abbey Theater.
... One of the most specialthings about making "The Quiet Man" is that it truly was a family affair. Many family members of the principal cast and crew were a part in this picture.
.... There is only one fitting way to end our discussion of "The Quiet Man", and that's with a whisper. No matter what part of the world I'm in, the question I am always asked is "What did you whisper into John Wayne's ear at the end of The Quiet Man?" It was John Ford's idea; it was the ending he wanted. I was told by Mr. Ford exactly what I was to say. At first I refused. I said, "No, I can't. I can't say that to Duke. "But Mr. Ford wanted avery shocked reaction from Duke, and he said,''I'm telling you, you are to say it." I had no choice, and so I agreed, but with a catch: "I'll say it on one condition-that it is never ever repeated or revealed to anyone." So we made a deal. After the scene was over, we told Duke about our agreement and the three of us made a pact. There are those who claim that they where told and know what I said. They don't and are lying. John Ford took it to his grave - so did Duke - and the answer will die with me ... "
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