Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.
Production was a real family affair. John Ford's daughter assisted editor Jack Murray and her husband played a small role. His son Patrick was one of the second unit directors, along with John Wayne (his first assignment behind the camera). Ford even brought his local Hollywood priest, Father Stack, to bless the film and serve as technical advisor. He also cast his brother, respected stage actor Francis Ford from whom he had long been estranged. Although this was Francis' 29th appearance in one of his brother's films, the two never socialized. Francis received his assignments by mail, shot his scenes and walked off without a word between he and his brother beyond a short nod at the end of every day. Wayne brought his four children with him to Ireland and they appear in the Innisfree race scene in the cart with Maureen O'Hara. The two youngest were given a couple of lines in that scene.
Father Peter Lonergan, Narrator:
Well, then. Now. I'll begin at the beginnin'. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn't have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera...
When Sean steps off the train in Castletown, he lays his sleeping bag down first and a suitcase down to the left of it. When Michaleen walks up to retrieve them, the sleeping bag should be on his left and the suitcase on his right; instead, they are reversed when he picks them up.
$10,550,000 (USA) (31 December 1952)
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