the quiet man
the year: 1952
the genre: drama
the cast: John Wayne (Sean Thornton); Maureen O'Hara (Mary Kate Danaher); Barry Fitzgerald (Michaleen Oge Flynn); Ward Bond (Father Peter Lonergan); Victor McLaglen (Squire "Red" Will Danner); Mildred Natwick (The Widow Sarah Tillane)
the plot: After fatally knocking out his opponent in the ring, boxer Sean Thornton returns to the place of his birth in Ireland. Seeking a life of quiet and rest, Sean plans to buy his family's old cottage, and keep his boxing identity a secret. En route to Innisfree, Sean catches sight of Mary Kate Danaher and is captivated by her beauty, but finds he has to deal with her brother "Red" Will Danaher, an ill-mannered bully.
don't miss: Michaleen the Matchmaker. And his horse.
did you know: anytime John Wayne lights up a cigarette in this movie he takes exactly two puffs before pitching it away.
extra bonus points: if you know which other film had John Wayne playing a character with the last name of Thornton.
listen for: "He'll regret it till his dying day, if ever he lives that long."
also listen for: "Mind you, I'm fresh as a daisy!" "You look more like a black-eyed Susan to me."
And check out a jim dandy of a fight scene here.