With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, Rourke and I decided on an Irish movie to go with one of our favorite drinks, Irish coffees. The Quiet Man is an old classic love story that will charm anyone.
We strayed from the book on this one, but enjoyed ourselves just the same.
One of our favorite places to imbibe in San Francisco is at The Buena Vista overlooking the Golden Gate. Their specialty is Irish coffee. We always try to visit The Buena Visit with an Irish coffee when there.
We learned a trick from the bartenders there on keeping your coffee hot!
Start with your vessel. Add boiling water to the glasses and let sit and heat glass up for a few minutes.Empty and add 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey and 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish cream. Top with hot coffee and a large dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon to make it extra pretty.Yum scrum!
Now for the movie..
It features John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. When the movie was made, John Wayne was 44 and Maureen was 31. John brought his wife and four children over to Ireland for the six-week shoot. Maureen brought her new baby and a nurse over with her.
The basis of the movie is John, an American, has come back to his ancestoral home in Ireland to live out his life. When he meets Maureen, he is immediately attracted. Her older brother makes it very hard for their relationship to happen.
The Catholic priest and the Protestant vicar played in the movie are real-life brothers.
If you happen to travel to the cottage in Ireland where John’s character, Sean, lived, you would find hardly anything there. Tourists keep taking bits and pieces from it as a memoir from the movie.
In the very last scene of the movie, Maureen whispers something in the Duke’s ear. What was said was known only to O’Hara, John and director John Ford. In her memoirs, Maureen says she refused to say the line at first, but Mr. Ford insisted, saying he needed a genuine shock reaction from John Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.
Maureen O’Hara did her own singing.
It is one of the few Hollywood movies in which the Irish language is spoken.
Cohan’s Pub was actually a grocery store in Cong. It later became a souvenir shop, and was just recently turned into a real Irish pub.
This was Republic Studios first film shot outside the United States.
John Wayne directed the horse racing sequence while John Ford was ill.
As Maureen O’Hara was 31 and Victor McLaglen was nearly 65, many thought he should have played her father instead of her older brother.
John Wayne said that the role of Sean Thornton, now considered one of his best, was difficult for him. “For nine weeks, I was just playing a straight man to those wonderful characters, and that’s really hard.”
Maureen O’Hara had no double for the scene where John Wayne drags her across the fields back to the village and got bruised on the tough terrain.
It is alleged that Maureen O’Hara died in 2015 while listening to Victor Young’s score to the film.
Tourists that visit Cong, Ireland, where the movie was filmed, were dubbed “Quiet Man Crazies.”