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No series highlighting O’Hara is complete without featuring one of the films she made with John Wayne. The 1952 “The Quiet Man,” showing on Monday, Dec. 6, was a departure for Wayne from his Westerns and was a surprise success at the box office. Filmed in Ireland with lush cinematography that won the Academy Award that year, this film helped create O’Hara’s reputation as the “Queen of Technicolor” with her red hair showing up strong against the green fields. Wayne plays Sean Thorton, an American boxer escaping a tragedy who ends up in his ancestral home and soon notices O’Hara, who is under the thumb of a jealous brother. Featuring many Irish actors, including Barry Fitzgerald, it is one of the few Hollywood films in which Gaelic is heard.

 

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